Tornado Preparedness, Decreasing Slip & Fall Lawsuits, Free & Discounted Energy

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Part I: Tornado Preparedness, Decreasing Slips and Falls

Personal injury lawsuits can strike like a bolt out of the blue, but there are simple things every landlord can do to minimize your risk. Do you know what you'll say or do when someone slips? What if someone's car is destroyed by hail, and they sue you as the landlord? What if someone is struck by lightning sitting at your picnic table or by your pool? In addition to the Storm Ready Certification: Supporter Designation, which is free, there are cases you need to know about and easy steps to take.

This part of the presentation will be given by Dr. Alicia Wasula, CCM, President of Shade Tree Meteorology and 2019 Chair of the American Meteorological Society Board of Certified Consulting Meteorologists.

Part II: Free and Discounted Energy Upgrades

Eversource will be joining us to discuss the Mass Save No Cost and Discounted Energy Saving upgrades available for market rate and income eligible rental buildings. Find out how you can reduce your operating costs, increase your property value and retain tenants by replacing inefficient lighting and HVAC systems. Measures offered include lighting retrofits for common area, exterior and apartments, occupancy sensors, insulation and air sealing, programmable and wifi thermostats, heating system replacements, variable frequency drives, Energy Star certified appliance replacements such as refrigerators, freezers, window air conditioners, dehumidifiers, in unit washer replacements, windows*, high efficiency heating and cooling equipment and controls, air source heat pumps and water saving measures.

If you own or manage a building(s) with 5 or more attached units and 50% of the tenants are income qualified, all measures are provided at NO COST. (Two to four family buildings are served by a similar program at NO COST also). If you have market rate rental buildings, generous incentives and rebates are available for energy efficiency upgrades with preferential loan terms. Condominium and co-ops are also served.

The Mass Save programs serve customers of Eversource Electric and Gas, National Grid Electric and Gas; Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, Berkshire Gas Company, Unitil, Liberty Utilities, Light Compact and Blackstone Gas Company. (Properties located in municipal electric and gas territories should contact their providers about their specific program offerings.)

Deborah Sas (Eversource) and James Collins (ABCD) will present the Income Eligible Multifamily Program and Margaret Kelly (Eversource) will present the Multifamily Market Rate Program offerings.

*Window replacement opportunities are considered on a case by case basis in the Income Eligible Multifamily Program.

*Thursday, September 12th RHAGS Meeting Agenda

-5:30pm Sign-in and Networking
Cash bar
-6:00pm Buffet dinner
-6:40pm State-wide Business Update and Member Minutes
-7:00pm Local Updates
-7:05pm Legal Update
-7:10pm Tornado Preparedness, Decreasing Slips and Falls
-7:50pm Topic TBD
-8:30pm Networking
-9:00pm Doors Close

Delaney House
3 Country Club Rd
Holyoke, MA 01040

Hot buffet dinner, incl. salad and rolls
Cash bar
Hot Coffee & Tea
*Dietary restrictions: purchase an early-bird ticket and update the goals/restrictions field in your profile, we will accommodate you.

Open to the public. Membership is not required!

Public: $40
Members: $35
-Early bird, reserve seven days prior by 12pm:
Public: $38
Members: $30
Nametags are printed for all early-bird tickets and premium members.

*Extra Credit
-First time attendees: Join as a member before leaving the event, your public ticket will be credited toward membership.
-Members: Bring a first-time attendee who joins at the event, your membership will be extended by one month free. No limit.