Preparing for the 2020 Hurricane Season

Preparing for the 2020 Hurricane Season

There are many things to think about as you are preparing for the hurricane season. Your home, supplies, evacuation routes, and this year, the implications of COVID-19. We’d like to encourage you to take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your business from any potential harm. Let our team of board-certified attorneys help you mitigate hurricane issues so that you have peace of mind knowing you are prepared.

 

ESC can help review and provide guidance on all storm-related issues, including the following:

1. Insurance policies for storm damage coverage and related rights and responsibilities

2. Potential liabilities for condominium associations

3. Consult on exercising powers for community associations

4. Construction risk for storm events 

5. Leases, business documents, purchase agreements, and other contracts regarding force majeure, insurance, maintenance, and liability provisions.  

Following social distancing guidelines? No problem. We are ready to assist you through virtual or phone appointments. Call us today at 850.433.6581. 

 

Helpful Links

FEMA: Preparing for a Hurricane Season During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Florida Disaster.org

Ready.Gov

CDC Preparing for Hurricanes During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Florida Bar Hurricane Information

FEMA Flood Map

BeReady Escambia

Ready.gov Hurricane Preparedness Documents

CAI Best Practices for Community Association Hurricane Season Preparation

 

What is a Hurricane?

A hurricane is a tropical cyclone, which generally forms in the tropics and is accompanied by thunderstorms and a counterclockwise circulation of winds. An intense tropical weather system of strong thunderstorms with a well-defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 74 mph or higher

Tropical cyclones are classified in two ways, a tropical depression and tropical storm:

  • Tropical Depression: An organized system of clouds and thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 38 mph or less.
  • Tropical Storm: An organized system of strong thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 39-73 mph.

 

Hurricane Supply Kit

  • Water - at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
  • Food - at least enough for 3 to 7 days for each person
    • non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices / snack food
    • foods for infants or the elderly
    • non-electric can opener
    • cooking tools / fuel (propane, charcoal, kerosene)
    • paper plates / plastic utensils
  • Blankets / pillows, etc.
  • Clothing - seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes
  • First aid kit / medicines / prescription drugs
  • Special Items - for babies and the elderly
  • Toiletries / hygiene items / moisture wipes
  • Flashlight / batteries / candles
  • Radio - battery operated (weather radio is recommended)
  • Cash - banks and ATMs may be closed
  • Walkie-talkies / hard line phone (powered by the phone line directly)
  • Keys - house / car / safe deposit box / storage facility / etc.
  • Toys, books and games
  • Important documents - in a waterproof container
    •  insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.
  • Tools - keep a set with you during the storm
  • Vehicle fuel tanks filled / fill extra tanks for generator use
  • Pet care items
    • proper identification / immunization records / medications
    • ample supply of food and water
    • a carrier or cage
    • leash

 

Family Diaster Plan

  • Discuss the type of hazards that could affect your family. Know your home's vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind.
  • Locate a safe room or the safest area in your home for each hurricane hazard. In certain circumstances the safest areas may not be your home but within your community.
  • Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet (rally points); including a child's school, a neighbor's home or other public place.
  • Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact, so all your family members have a single point of contact. Have at least 2 ways of contact; e-mail, phone, etc.
  • Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate.
  • Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911.
  • Check your insurance coverage - flood and wind damage may not be covered by homeowners insurance.
  • Check your insurance limits of liability.
  • Stock non-perishable emergency supplies within your hurricane supply kit.
  • Use a weather radio. Remember to stock replacement batteries.
  • Take First Aid, CPR and disaster preparedness classes.

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Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon Treat Hospital Staff to Ice Cream

Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon Treat Hospital Staff to Ice Cream

On Thursday, May 21 the attorneys and staff of Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon (ESC) brought ice cream trucks to Ascension Sacred Heart to treat the associates who have been working hard to help keep the community well during the pandemic of COVID-19.

“Our team had a lot of fun hosting ice cream for all of the dedicated doctors and staff at Ascension Sacred Heart in Pensacola,” said Wes Reeder, President of ESC. “It was just a small way for us to say thank you and give them a little bit of relief from all the hard work that they do each and every day.”  

ESC hosted TASTEbuds, Mister Softee Northwest Florida and Frosty World Gelato ice cream trucks and served more than five hundred associates in a social distanced manner. 

"Ascension Sacred Heart and its associates greatly appreciate the support from Emmanuel, Sheppard & Condon and the many other organizations which have donated food, personal protective equipment and other items," said Dawn Rudolph, President of Ascension Sacred Heart Pensacola. "The community's support of our healthcare workers as we face together the threat of the coronavirus pandemic has been very gratifying to our entire team."

Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon has been protecting Pensacola for more than 100 years. We have established a proud tradition of integrity and excellence in the legal profession as a full-service firm. Our experienced team of attorneys provides services to individuals and institutions alike with legal matters ranging from commercial litigation, real estate, and estate planning, to personal injury, employment, social security and domestic law. With a footprint stretching to Perdido, Pensacola, Pace, Destin, and Tallahassee, we are here to serve your legal matters. For more information visit, esclaw.com or call 850.433.6581.

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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

We're Here to Help

As we adapt to and deal with this extraordinary situation related to the COVID-19, we want you to know that our firm remains committed to providing to you the same high quality legal services and advice that you deserve and have come to expect from our attorneys and staff. First and foremost is our concern for the health and safety of our employees, clients, family and friends. We are following and complying with the recommendations and direction from the CDC and all local, state and federal government agencies, as well as those of our State and federal Courts. We are currently limiting the number of people working at and visiting our offices. Many of our attorneys and staff are now working remotely, but all are available for phone calls and virtual meetings. We are committed to delivering our services and support to clients without interruption. As we continue to navigate through these uncharted waters, we will be sharing helpful information regarding legal matters that you may be facing related to the COVID-19.

To do our part in flattening the curve, we ask that you please call us to schedule an appointment with one our attorneys via phone call or video chat. If you need assistance with a real estate closing, we are also offering a variety of options to ensure your real estate closing is completed in time and as safely as conditions allow.   

We also recognize you may be dealing with similar concerns for your own employees and other valued connections. To assist with that process, we have developed a client coronavirus task force and resource center. Our lawyers are ready to answer your questions around this evolving situation and its impacts to you. As this situation evolves, we will continue to respond and meet the challenges. Please take care of yourself and your family.


Useful Links

Coronavirus.gov 

The Governor’s Emergency Orders

Centers for Infectious Disease and Research and Policy

FL Department of Health

CDC

Division of Labor

HUD

NAIOP

CAI (resources for community associations)

Florida Supreme Court 

The Florida Bar

IRS COVID-19 Scams

Paycheck Protection Program Loans FAQs

OSHA: Guidance on Preparing Work Places for COVID-19

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws 

 

Task Force 

Our COVID-19 task force has the industry-focused resources necessary to help individuals and companies navigate the many interrelated issues impacting their lives, business, and workforce as this pandemic reaches an inflection point. Our attorneys are recognized thought leaders. We can quickly assess the sector-specific implications of COVID-19, help individuals and businesses address these challenges, and work with you and your leadership team to identify commercially viable solutions to achieve sustainability into the future. 

If you have questions or need assistance during these uncertain times relating to: 

Labor & Employment, including issues such as 

  • Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act
  • Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act
  • Response Plans
  • Furloughs/Layoffs
  • Wage and Hour Issues
  • Personal Travel Disclosures
  • Self-Reporting Diagnoses/Contact with Diagnosed Person(s)
  • Employee Quarantines
  • Vendor/Contractor Workplace Restrictions & Pre-entrance Inspections
  • DOL Guidelines
  • Employee Benefits/Leave
  • Dependent Care Assistance
  • HIPAA Privacy Rules

Please contact Erick Drlicka at emd@esclaw.com or 850.433.3826 or Brad Adams 850.433.3848 or badams@esclaw.com.  

Business Law, including issues such as  

  • Formations 
  • Ownership Changes 
  • Contract Disputes     
  • Documenting Owner Relationships and Rights 
  • What to Plan for Your Business in the Event of Illness or Death 

Please contact Sally B. Fox at 850.433.3869 or sfox@esclaw.com.  

Insurance Claims/Disputes, including issues such as

  • Business Interruption Insurance Claims 
  • Health Insurance Disputes  

Please contact T. Shane Rowe at 850.433.3822 or tsr@esclaw.com or Scot B. Copeland at scopeland@esclaw.com or 850.460.8916. 

Creditors Rights, including issues such as 

  • Restructures 
  • Refinance 
  • Forbearances 
  • Foreclosures 
  • Collections 
  • Creditor Representation in Bankruptcy 

Please contact Sally B. Fox at 850.433.3869 or sfox@esclaw.com.  

Real Estate, including issues such as 

  • Sale Contract or Lease Issues, Including Force Majeure  
  • Lease or Contract Payment Issues 
  • Facility Rental Agreements 
  • Commercial Property Quarantine Issues 
  • Closings 
  • Warranties and Insurance 

Please contact Adam C. Cobb at 850.433.4865 or acobb@esclaw.com or Gregory P. Fayard at 850.433.3827 or gpf@esclaw.com.   

Tax and Estate Planning, including issues such as 

  • Deductibility Issues 
  • Impending Deadlines & Extensions 
  • Timing-Related Issues (i.e., Voluntary and/or Required Elections) 
  • Trust Planning 
  • Probate Administration 

Please contact Van P. Geeker at 850.460.8914 or vpg@esclaw.com.  

Financial Services, including issues such as 

  • Regulatory Considerations 
  • Virtual Payment Platform Capacity 
  • Loan and Deposit Operations 
  • Cash Handling, ATM Policies, and Levels/Availability 

Please contact Sally B. Fox at 850.433.3869 or sfox@esclaw.com.  

Condominium and Homeowner’s Associations, including issues such as 

  • Common Amenity Closures and Restrictions for Areas such as the Pool, Fitness Center, Business Center and Community Rooms  
  • Property Access for Guests, Contractors, Vendors, Family, Brokers, Housekeepers, and Others 
  • Refusal of Residents to Self-Quarantine After Testing Positive  
  • Governmental Orders Related to COVID-19 Including Travel or Quarantine Issues  
  • Future Assessment Shortfall Strategies  
  • Construction Project Considerations  
  • Fair Housing Act Issues  
  • Maintaining Owner Access to Association Meetings  

Please contact Suzanne Blankenship at 850.444.3853 or association@esclaw.com.  

Workers’ Compensation, including issues such as  

  • Lost Wage Benefits to an Injured Worker Due to Income/Job Loss 

Please contact Galen M. Novotny at 850.433.3918 or gnovotny@esclaw.com.  

Family Law, including issues such as 

  • Temporary or Permanent Modifications to Spousal or Child Support Obligations Due to Income/Job Loss

Please contact Galen M. Novotny at 850.433.3918 or gnovotny@esclaw.com.  

Construction Law, including issues such as 

  • Force Majeure Provisions 
  • Delay Claims 
  • Warranties and Insurance 
  • Contract Frustration 
  • Contractor COVID-19 Procedures  

Please contact H. Wes Reeder at 850.433.3806 or hwr@esclaw.com or Adam White at ajw@esclaw.com.   

 

Useful Resources

Keeping Safe During Real Estate Closings

Community Association Updates

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Getting Your Affairs in Order

Evictions on Hold: Landlord Issues Arising from Coronavirus Pandemic

Lender Deferments

CARES Act: Tax-Related Provisions 

Commercial Landlords: Practical Issues to Consider in Uncertain Times 

Please Note: Our COVID-19/Coronavirus-related guidance was current at the time of publication, but please note that this pandemic situation is evolving, and the long-term ramifications are still unknown.  

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Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon Announces New President

Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon Announces New President

Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon is pleased to announce that H. Wesley (“Wes”) Reeder has become President of the firm.

Wes joined Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon in 2001 and practices primarily in the areas of construction, real estate, and business litigation.  He is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator and, in that role, mediates cases involving construction and business disputes, condemnation proceedings, and real estate matters.

Wes is a retired Naval Reserve Officer with more than 24 years of aviation industry related service to the federal government and the U.S. Military. While on active duty in the U.S. Navy, Wes had the honor of serving as a crewman with the Blue Angels. Wes and his wife Carolyn are active volunteers, striving to contribute to the betterment of the Pensacola community through their service to various organizations.

Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon, established in Escambia County in 1913, counts itself among the oldest and largest Pensacola law firms, with locations also in Perdido, Pace and Miramar Beach, Florida.  With more than 75 attorneys, paralegals and staff, ESC possesses the resources to provide our clients, individuals and institutions alike, advice, counsel, and legal services in a wide range of matters.

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Top Attorney - Wanda W. Radcliffe

Top Attorney - Wanda W. Radcliffe

https://whoswhopr.com/2019/07/top-attorney-wanda-w-radcliffe/

The Top Attorneys of North America, a New York based publication, distinguishes and profiles leading attorneys who have reached a recognizable degree of success and leadership in their field. The directory is valued for promoting awareness of the accomplishments within the North American legal community.

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Best in Pensacola!

The Best in Pensacola awards had thousands of voters logging on to support their choices for the best in the area. Readers considered all of their favorite local food and drinks for the Cocktails & Cuisine category and all of the wonderful stores our area has to offer for the Retail category. Voters selected their top choices for Services, Health & Wellness, Wedding & Bridal, and Entertainment during the nomination and voting process. With many categories to choose from, there were places to vote for all of your favorite local businesses.  

Thank you for making us a winner in Best in Pensacola again, in 2019!

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Florida Condominium and Homeowners’ Associations Board Member Certification Classes

Florida Condominium and Homeowners’ Associations Board Member Certification Classes
Presented by: Suzanne Blankenship - Board Certified Condominium and Planned Development Lawyer

All classes will be held on Fridays at:
Emmanuel Sheppard and Condon
30 S. Spring Street ~ Pensacola, FL 32502

Condominium Board Classes:
March 6 - 9:00am
November 19 - 9:00am

Homeowners’ Board Classes:
January 24 - 9:00am
May 15 - 9:00am
September 11 - 9:00am
 
  • Free and Open to the Public

  • 3 Hour Class

  • Seating Limited

  • Registration Required

  • Certificates Issued upon Completion

For more information and registration, please contact:
Lindsay Bouler at class@esclaw.com

Approved by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation
for Florida Condominium and Homeowners’ Associations.

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Attorney Adam White the president-elect designate of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division

Attorney Adam White the president-elect designate of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division
He was elected without opposition at a recent board meeting in St. Augustine and will be sworn in as president in June 2020. White is a partner at Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon, where he focuses on corporate litigation, including real estate, construction, and employment law. He graduated summa cum laude from the Florida Coastal School of Law in 2010 and earned a B.A. in political science in 2007 from the University of Missouri. White has served on the YLD Board of Governors for four years and has two children with his wife, Katrina.
 
White said he looks forward to continuing the board’s work to “better the legal profession.”
“We must continue our efforts to develop initiatives to help our constituents have a better work-life balance. This board’s work on the parental leave rule is amazing.
 
Our members should not have to choose between being a good parent and being a good lawyer; those goals should not be mutually exclusive,” White said.
After Hurricane Michael devastated the Florida Panhandle, White helped fellow board member Kevin Barr of Panama City recover. For Barr, the only form of communication with the outside world was a buried landline that ran to a neighbor’s house.
 
White called that neighbor to check on Barr’s family almost daily for weeks. White made the four-to-six hour drive to Panama City on two different occasions to bring Barr’s family and neighbors much-needed supplies, and to help tarp a roof and secure possessions.
Barr said White was a strong advocate of the Military Spouse Rule, which was recently approved by the Florida Supreme Court since White’s hometown contains numerous military servicemen and women with spouses who struggled to practice law.
White said under his presidency, the YLD needs to give young lawyers the tools to ensure they are compensated fairly by their firms, organizations, and clients.
 
“Finally, we need to continue to tackle the subjects that attorneys don’t want to talk about. For instance, health and wellness, diversity, and the gender pay/advancement gap, just to name a few,” White continued.
“This board makes a difference for young lawyers, and I look forward to working with all of you…to strengthen our profession.”

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Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon is American Land Title Association Best Practices Certified!

Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon is American Land Title Association Best Practices Certified!
Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon (“ESC”) is American Land Title Association (“ALTA”) Best Practices certified by Warren Averett CPAs.  In order to aid lenders in evaluating their settlement agents, the ALTA developed a framework of best practices.  Settlement agent practices are reviewed in areas of licensing, trust accounting, protection of non-public information, title processes, insurance, and consumer complaints.  Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon’s procedures have been reviewed by the regional accounting firm of Warren Averett, CPAs and have been found to comply with the seven pillars of ALTA Best Practices.  This certification instills a confidence in all lenders that ESC complies with the highest standards in the industry.
ESC is a title agent for Westcor (Compliance with Westcor’s Compliance Audit Program reviewed by McGladrey LLP), Old Republic/The Fund (Authorized Agent), Stewart Title (Stewart Preferred Provider) and Chicago/Fidelity.
 
ESC works with all lenders.
ESC provides all manner of closings whether residential or commercial. 
ESC does construction/perm, FHA, VA, USDA, bond loans, reverse mortgages, etc.
ESC has offices in downtown Pensacola, Sandestin, and Tallahassee.
Contact Holly Jurnovoy with Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon
at hvj@esclaw.com or 850.433.6581 for more information.

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