New England as a region is not as prone to the events many would consider disasters as some other parts of the country but we do have our share, including hurricanes, fires and the occasional earthquake. Senior Partner Charlie Perkins notes that while these are certainly things to prepare for, it is the mundane water leak that is most likely to disrupt the lives of community association dwellers. Quoted in Mike Odenthal’s column in the December issue of New England Condominium (www.newenglandcondo.com), Charlie reminds trustees, unit owners and managers that a plan that reflects the building(s)’ character, location and safety concerns is a must for all associations. Contents should include phone numbers for emergency services, association managers, trusted repair professionals, insurance providers and even the Red Cross in severely critical situations, several of which he has seen in his time serving his community association clients. As with most of our previous posts concerning Charlie’s condominium thoughts, communication comes up as a vital aspect of the success and well-being of any association. He recommends creating a book containing all information and procedures as well as holding a special meeting of unit owners to demonstrate the plan and carry out a trial run.