Published March 16, 1999
Volume 7, Number 3

Association Offers Free Emergency Procedures Manual to Tenants

Another great source for emergency preparedness information is the Hacienda Owners Association's 81-page Emergency Procedures Manual.

The manual, prepared for the Association by Emergency Management Services, covers the emergency planning requirements of Title 19 of the California Code of Regulations as well as other situations such as fire, earthquake, bomb threats, power failure, civil disturbance, floods, and more.

"We believe in taking a pro-active stance towards emergency procedures," says James Paxson, general manager of the Hacienda Owners Association. "By providing information like this, we can help the park's tenants take that stance as well."

CCR Title 19
While most emergency preparedness measures are voluntary, Title 19 of the California Code of Regulations places some legal requirements on building owners, managers, and occupants as well.

Sections 3.09 and 3.10 of the code require that persons responsible for buildings of two or more stories conduct a variety of pre-fire planning and evacuation activities, such as posting and distribution of emergency instructions, development of a written facility emergency plan, selection of floor wardens, and more. These requirements are detailed in the manual.

Emergency Response Teams
The manual also outlines the formation of emergency response teams, which allows for an efficient chain of command in an emergency situation.

By selecting floor managers, medical assistance coordinators, fire suppression/damage assessment coordinators, communications coordinators, and a floor warden, the emergency response team can take charge of a situation until professional help arrives.

Ordering a Manual
Emergency Procedures Manuals are available from the Hacienda Owners Association by calling (925) 734-6500 or by the Hacienda web site's security page.


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