‘How South Florida handles hurricanes and other emergencies’ co-hosted by Associa and Soprema

ABOVE: (L to R standing) Jeff Ulm, Hedy Maurer, Jim Gonzalez and Joanne Willoughby, Association Services of Florida; Raquel Eagle, Denise Kahl, Carl Kuhn, Soprema (L to R sitting) Robert Molleda, National Weather Service; Max Mayfield, WPLG-TV; Curt Sommerhoff, Miami-Dade County Emergency Management; Hallandale Beach Fire Rescue Chief Dan Sullivan; Chuck Lanza, Broward County Emergency Management

With hurricane season just around the corner, preparedness and emergency management were the timely topics of an Aventura Marketing Council Chairman’s Roundtable luncheon co-hosted by Associa / Association Services of Florida and Soprema, the Building Envelope Company.

Claudio Stivelman of Shefaor Development, standing in for AMC Chair Cliff Schulman of Weiss, Serota, Helfman, helped welcome business and community leaders gathered at Christine Lee’s at Gulfstream Park for the informative event featuring Chuck Lanza, Director of Broward County Emergency Management; the legendary Max Mayfield, WPLG-TV hurricane specialist and former National Hurricane Center Director; Robert Molleda, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service; Curt Sommerhoff, Director of Miami-Dade County Emergency Management; and Chief Dan Sullivan, from the Hallandale Beach Fire Rescue.

Lanza emphasized, “We want to provide you with the best information so you, your employees and families can be ready for whatever comes up during a hurricane season. We’re always optimistic – but have to be ready for worst -case scenarios.” Discussing this year’s lower- than -average storm forecast, Mayfield said, “When we have a forecast that’s below the average, a lot of people think, ‘We don’t have to worry.’ But it just takes one hurricane to make for a bad year and we need to be prepared— no matter what the forecasts are.”

Highlighting the importance of teamwork, Sommerhoff said, “Regional initiatives broadcasting a consistent message include readysouthflorida.org sharing the message: ‘Get a kit, make a plan and be informed’ while encouraging the whole community to be involved in preparedness as well as recovery after a storm.”

Chief Sullivan invited everyone to attend a Community Hurricane Forum on June 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. hosted by the City of Hallandale Beach. “We haven’t had a busy hurricane season since Wilma and there’s a lot of apathy out there. Stay informed way before an event, get your personal plan ready, learn how to prepare your home or business – and help your neighbors.”

Association Services of Florida President and CEO Jeff Ulm noted, “The subject of emergency management is very important to ASF, specializing in managing developer and commercial properties, upscale condos and HOAs in the tri-county area. ASF is a member company of Associa, regarded as the premier community association management firm in the U.S. with offices across the nation, Canada and Mexico. Truly a local company with national power, ASF is uniquely positioned to provide superior service to our clients.” Soprema regional sales manager Carl Kuhn explained, “Soprema is a world-wide leading manufacturer in the commercial roofing and waterproofing industry. In the U.S., Soprema has evolved into a true ‘building envelope’ company, featuring products such as below-grade waterproofing solutions, liquid applied waterproofing systems, self adhered underlayments, air barrier, vapor barrier, garden roofs and renewable energy solutions.”

For more information, contact Associa / Association Services of Florida, phone: 954-922-3514 or visit associaflorida.com; visit Soprema.com or contact Raquel Eagle, South FL Technical & Sales Rep.: 561-889-6156

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