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CAI Urges Congress to Extend TRIA Program

News from CAI...

The 113th Congress had adjourned without extending the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA). Legal authority for the TRIA program expired on December 31, 2014 and Congress has just reconvened January 6, 2015.

"CAI will continue to monitor developments on Capitol Hill and at the White House to ensure the 114th Congress takes up an extension of the TRIA program as a first order of business," said Dawn M. Bauman, CAI's Senior Vice President for Government Affairs. "Community associations carrying terrorism insurance coverage should consult their insurance agent to determine if their policy is impacted by Congress' failure to act."

The TRIA program was established in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, as insurance carriers withdrew from the terrorism insurance market. The TRIA program is a federal government backstop against terrorism-related property and casualty losses. The program has stabilized the market for terrorism insurance coverage, lowering premiums and increasing coverage availability.

CAI's Bauman said, "As our country tragically knows too well, acts of terrorism are a real and devastating threat. The TRIA program is a proven and effective way for community associations to insure against acts of terror. Our communities require certainty in the terrorism insurance marketplace and TRIA should be extended without further delay."

A 2013 federal government study demonstrated the effectiveness of the TRIA program, noting a consistent decline in terrorism insurance premiums and increased coverage capacity since 2003. Through the TRIA program, the federal government acts as a reinsurer, allowing private insurance companies to determine maximum losses in the event of a certified act of terrorism against the homeland.

CAI Government Affairs represents the interests of the 65 million people living and working in America's community associations on legislative and regulatory issues at the local, state, and federal level of government.  For more information about the Community Associations Institute go to: www.caionline.org

 

 

Happy New Year 2015!!

Happy Holidays!

C&S Board Member Forum Coming Soon

Holiday Schedule for 2015 and Balance of 2014

2015 Holiday Schedule

 

Date

Holiday

Day of Week

Days Closed

Jan. 1

New Year's Day

Thursday

1 day

Jan. 19

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday

1 day

Feb. 16

Presidents' Day

Monday

1 day

May 25

Memorial Day

Monday 

1 day 

July 3

Independence Day

Friday

1 day

Sept. 7

Labor Day

Monday

1 day

Nov. 11

Veterans' Day

Wednesday

1 day

Nov. 26

Thanksgiving Day 

Thursday

1 day

Nov. 27

Thanksgiving Friday

Friday

1 day

Dec. 24

Christmas Eve

Thursday

1 day

Dec. 25

Christmas Day

Friday

1 day

 

2014 Holiday Schedule Remaining

 

Date

Holiday

Day of Week

Days Closed

 Nov. 27

Thanksgiving Day 

Thursday

 1 day

 Nov. 28

Thanksgiving Friday 

Friday

 1 day

 Dec. 24

Christmas Eve

Wednesday

 1 day

 Dec. 25

Christmas Day

Thursday

 1 day

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank You to Those Who Served

Please Vote in the Readers Choice Awards

Voting ends November 30th. If you have not already voted for C&S in the Readers Choice Awards, there is still time. Just click here and then click on C&S Management from the list.  Please vote today and thank you for all your support!

 

 

C&S Sponsorship Has Grown to 16 Book Buddies

Thirteen C&S team members now support the Literacy Buddy Project of the Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County and are providing books to 16 book buddies. Below are pictures of some of the C&S team getting the books ready to be sent off to their Literacy Buddies. The purpose of the Literacy Buddy Project is to teach children about correspondence, communication, and promote early literacy while providing children with quality books that they take home. The project also supports parents as partners in their children’s learning. For many of the children, a Literacy Buddy provides the only opportunity for them to have books of their own at home.

Anyone, any age, anywhere can become a Literacy Buddy and it doesn’t take much time, but makes a large impact in the life of a child. Exchanges occur three times per year. For more information about the Literacy Buddy Project and the Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County, look at their website: http://www.earlylearningcoalitionsarasota.org

C&S Sponsors November Board Certification Class

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Watch Out For Fires & Flames

Most in-home fires are caused by ordinary things like a stove burner, candle, space heater or extension cord. Mental lapses, poor judgment and carelessness make these things dangerous.

Thankfully, by exercising good safety habits and taking simple prevention steps, you can cut down on deadly and damaging fire risks.

First, always be sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them monthly and replace those that are more than 10 years old.

Cooktops. Never leave the kitchen while something is cooking on the stove. Keep combustibles, such as curtains and wall hangings, at least three feet from the stove.

Space heaters. Keep them at least three feet away from drapes and bedding, and plug them directly into outlets, not extension cords. Don’t use space heaters while sleeping.

Wood stoves and fireplaces. Empty ashes in a metal container and store them outside away from combustibles for at least a week before disposing of them in the trash. Be sure your chimney is inspected and cleaned annually. Keep any combustibles at least five feet away from the stove or fireplace.

Electrical equipment. Replace undersized or frayed extension cords. Never run an extension cord under a rug. Call an electrician if circuit breakers regularly trip or if your electrical box has a warm cover. Don’t use light bulbs that exceed a fixture’s recommended maximum wattage.

Appliances. Ensure combustion chamber covers are in place on water heaters. Clean all lint from a dryer’s back service panel and from the vent line. Replace vinyl vent lines with smooth, metal ducts.

Smoking. Don’t smoke in bed. Use large ashtrays on tables. Soak ashtrays under the faucet before throwing cigarette butts in the trash.

Candles. Use tip-proof containers. Burn candles only while you’re awake and in the same room. Keep candles at least three feet away from combustibles.

Matches and lighters. Store out of the reach of children.

Additional Hurricane Safety Tips

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Since we are still in hurricane season, we thought it would be good to provide some additional safety tips.  During extreme weather events, mobile devices can be essential tools for keeping in touch with family and monitoring response and recovery efforts. Before a severe storm hits, make sure your mobile device is prepared.

Start a texting tree:

When communication channels are disrupted, texting may be the only available way to stay connected. Create a network of contacts on your smartphone so you can quickly reach out to others in your community.

Set up Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA):

WEA are emergency text messages sent through your wireless carrier by government authorities, including local and state public safety agencies, FEMA, the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Weather Service. The alerts can help you stay informed when you may not have access to television or radio and can help keep you safe during a crisis. Messages include extreme weather warnings, local emergencies requiring evacuation or immediate action, AMBER Alerts and presidential alerts during a national emergency. For information about which mobile devices are WEA-capable and carrier participation, visit www.ctia.org/wea or contact your wireless carrier.

Use mobile banking and insurance apps:

Banking and insurance apps allow you to move money, pay bills, deposit checks and file claims from your smartphone.

Prepare for power outages:

If you have advanced warning of a severe weather event, make sure to fully charge your phone. Keep a car phone charger and spare battery on hand as well; if power is out for an extended period, your car can serve as a valuable energy source.

 

HOA/Condo Board Certification Class

Ellen Brown will be one of the presenters at the upcoming Board Member Certiification class for HOA and condominium board members on November 11th in the Meadows.  

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Happy Labor Day 2014!

Congratulations Colleen Lloyd - CAM

 

colleenCongratulations Colleen Lloyd for passing the State test today and becoming a licensed CAM (Community Association Manager)!  

C&S has been urging Colleen to take her test for some time as she has acquired more experience and knowledge than many long term CAMs in her role as an administrative assistant with C&S.  

We are very proud of Colleen and know that her future client associations will be in very good hands.  

 

Congratulations Ellen Brown, PCAM

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Congratulations to Ellen Brown, our latest to be awarded the Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM) designation by the Community Associations Institute (CAI).

PCAM is the highest designation a community association manager can be awarded and requires an extensive range of education, experience, professional involvement, and specialized classes ending with a comprehensive case study.  The PCAM program takes at least five years to complete all requirements.  

Ellen is a District Manager with C&S and will be attending the formal PCAM awards presentation in Las Vegas.  Ellen, we are very proud of you!

Click here for more information on the PCAM designation.

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2014 Law Guides: Condos, Coops, HOAs

 

The Community Association Leadership Lobby (CALL) has made available their 2014 Legislative Guides for Condominiums, Cooperatives, and Homeowners' Associations. Click the links below to view and download each guide.

 

Condominiums

Cooperatives

Homeowners' Associations

 

Happy Fourth of July!

Sarasota Board Certification Class June 21st

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