Have a Plan for Responding to Floods

Floods are the most common and widespread of all natural disasters, with many U.S. communities experiencing some degree of flooding after spring rains, winter snow thaws or heavy thunderstorms. Learning about this weather possibility and how to properly prepare for it can save lives and minimize damage.

Flood Characteristics

Most floods develop slowly over a period of days but flash floods are different, developing like walls of water in a matter of minutes, often due to intense storms or a dam failure. Flooding can create conditions favorable for a fire to occur, either by causing it or by impeding efforts to fight it. While electrical fires can occur for any number of reasons, including overloading of circuits and improper wiring practices, floodwater increases fire danger through short circuits in wiring and electrical equipment.  Continue reading

Mold: Impacts on the Affordable Housing Industry Risk & Insurance Considerations

Mold issues in multi-family housing can lead to many significant impacts – from remediation costs to loss of rent and, perhaps most critically, long-term health effects. Although engineering and construction practices have significantly improved in recent years, affordable housing organizations need to be vigilant around mold issues and concerns.  While insurance coverage is typically relied upon for many property-related losses, there remains a disconnect about how mold claims are often handled by the insurance industry.  Continue reading