During a declared state of emergency, many state’s laws give association governing boards special powers and duties to protect the association and to begin the clean-up process. When a disaster strikes, the board may need to act immediately to protect the property and the association residents. During an emergency, the board may be able to:
- Give short notice for board and member meeting. Notice of meetings may not be able to be given in your association’s typical form. Instead the board may give notice through printed publication, mail, or internet.
- Sign contracts for the removal of debris.
- Give executive officer authority to non-directors.
- Charge special assessments to association members without member vote.
- Begin vital repairs such as the removal of wet drywall, which may cause further damage if not fixed immediately.
- Prohibit association members from returning to their homes based on the advice of officials or professionals.
- Borrow money using association assets as collateral without the approval of association members.