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UPDATE: CAI’s Response to the Surfside, Florida Condo Collapse

WMCCAI is saddened by the recent events in Surfside, FL. The unthinkable condominium collapse has left us all with so many questions after what resulted in more than 28 people tragically losing their lives and 117 more people who are unaccounted for and thought to have been in the building. We would be remiss if we failed to note the incredible efforts that CAI Southeast Florida Chapter has made and their incredible work responding and supporting the community with events and resources for members, as well as supplies and financial support for First Responders, survivors, and families.

To keep our members updated, we wanted to relay what steps CAI National has made so far in response to this crisis…

  • CAI immediately developed and released a statement about the tragedy.
  • CAI released a second more extensive statement with questions homeowners can ask to ensure their safety and steps board members and managers can take to ensure the safety of their buildings. This message was distributed to all members; chapters, and legislative action committees.
  • Created and promoted a resource web page – www.caionline.org/condosafety  The web page includes the Foundation’s Reserve Studies/Management Best Practices Report and Breaking Point.
  • Created a media package of resources and participated in at least a dozen media interviews; again, including the Foundation’s Reserve Studies/Management Best Practices Report and Breaking Point.
  • Convened a meeting with the Government & Public Affairs Committee and additional expert perspectives; including College of Community Association Lawyers, insurance specialists, reserve specialists, developers, and others to discuss preliminary policy issues to consider in the coming weeks and months.
  • Tom Skiba, CEO and Dawn Bauman, Senior Vice President traveled to Surfside to hold a community conversation with the CAI Southeast Florida Chapter members to support the processing and devastation this tragedy is having on the entire community.  During their time in Surfside, they met managers, board members, engineers, lawyers, bankers; including the professionals who worked directly for and with Champlain Tower South. They witnessed the tremendous work of the First Responders and the Red Cross as they gracefully and diligently worked to find survivors as well as support the survivors who lost their home and many of their neighbors. They spoke with survivors and communicated with government officials; including the mayors of Miami, Surfside, and the surrounding localities.

This has been an incredibly emotional week for our industry in Miami, the U.S. and around the world. We will continue to keep you informed.