On May 2, the Florida Communities of Excellence Awards Ceremony took place on May 2 at the Florida Community Association Journal’s annual Conference & Awards Gala at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando. The awards recognize communities for their leadership in many areas, including community involvement, environmental awareness, and security issues.
On of these winners was Silverthorn Hernando, an Associa Gulf Coast managed property. They were awarded with the Florida Communities of Excellence Award for Disaster Preparedness in the large community category. Associa Gulf Coast provides community association management and developer services to Southwest Florida. Its sole focus has been to deliver services that enrich communities and enhance the lives of the people it serves.
“We are proud of how the members of this community have come together to make sure they are prepared for any kind of situation,” says Associa Gulf Coast CEO Michael Fleming. “Silverthorn is a safe and sought-after place to live and this award verifies why it has such a good reputation.”
Silverthorn Hernando HOA has a combined Preparedness and Incident Action Plan that follows Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) guidelines. A number of committee members are CERT-trained and certified. Exercises and trainings are conducted each year and include areas such as triage, storm preparation, first aid, communication, and other pro-active programs. Educational seminars, CPR training/certification and informative articles are provided to the residents. The community has also been designated as a distribution point for medication and supplies in case of a nuclear, biological or chemical incident.
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