CAI is tracking the impending Hurricane Lee which may affect communities in the northeastern and New England area of the United States. Communities can track the most up-to-date Hurricane and Tropical Storm movement on the National Hurricane Center website.
In the wake of Hurricane Idalia, parts of the southeast United States have been declared FEMA disaster areas. Communities in the affected area should reference the FEMA website for disaster assistance information.
CAI is tracking the devastating fires in Maui County, Hawaii. Communities
across the island of Maui have been impacted by this tragedy, and recovery/relief efforts are now
starting to take shape.
Resources for Community Associations in Maui
CAI tracks natural disasters as they are declared by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). For a live list of all actively declared disasters, please reference the FEMA website.
CAI believes that as taxpayers, all community association residents have the right to benefit from federal disaster response, recovery, and mitigation resources. CAI advocates for closer coordination between community associations and FEMA to ensure community association interests are reflected in the design of federal disaster mitigation grants.
The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (the "Stafford Act,"
42 U.S.C. 5121-5206 and Related Authorities) governs FEMA and allows for financial assistance to states, counties, municipalities, and eligible "private nonprofit facilities" that "provide essential services of a government nature to the general public."
Currently, community associations that own their roads/streets are not eligible for FEMA disaster recovery funding for debris removal and other efforts. CAI provides
Guidance for Debris Removal after a Disaster that outlines the steps a community association needs to take so that their local municipality can remove debris caused by a disaster.
- Allows FEMA's Public Assistance Program to reimburse costs related to disaster debris removal from community association roads and waterways.
- Allows FEMA's Individuals and Households Assistance Program to provide assistance to condominium unit homeowners for critical common element repairs after a natural disaster.
View H.R. 3777 here.
The NFIP is managed by FEMA to provide flood insurance to property owners, renters and businesses. CAI supports reauthorization of the NFIP for a period of no less than five years and advocates to improve NFIP's financial stability, accuracy of federal flood maps, flood mitigation resources, and competition in the flood insurance marketplace. CAI will support the establishment of a premium affordability credit for means-tested households, including condominiums, located in special flood hazard areas.