Protecting Apartment Assets

Will technology ever catch up with Mother Nature?

Mosher_DWeather-related problems are truly dominating the news cycle. Which is more painful to see? Images of drought-ravaged areas that haven’t seen rain in months—or neighborhoods where cars and houses are submerged in rain waters that have turned pretty streets into dangerous rivers?

A truly transformative technology would be able to redirect unwanted flood waters (or excess snow) across the country to the places afflicted by drought. In the meantime, extreme flooding is on the rise in the U.S., and it’s not just coastal regions that need to be concerned. Last summer the Midwest was hit with two months of rainfall in just one week! And, as we well know, coastal flooding is also on the rise.

According to research by the Union of Concerned Scientists, most of the cities on the USA’s east coast will see three times the amount of flooding by the year 2030. The study analyzed 52 communities and concluded that they could expect tidal flooding more than 180 times a year by 2030 and that the mid-Atlantic coast will be the worst hit by the rising sea level.

In this July issue of MHN Magazine, we take a look at emerging techniques and technology for protecting apartment communities. Heavy rainfall, powerful winds, hurricanes, blizzard-like conditions and other weather-related disasters have increased substantially, and it’s important that property managers and multifamily owners protect their assets against such extreme weather occurrences. In response to new resiliency requirements, some owners are renovating lobbies with water-resistant materials and installing flood barriers. In high-rise housing they’re installing emergency generators to operate at least one elevator and water pumps to ensure that residents above the fourth floor have potable water. What steps are you taking to protect your apartment assets?

Contact me at dmosher@multi-housingnews.com.