September

Safety & Disaster Preparedness Dominate September

As the end of summer nears, our advocacy efforts are back in full swing! This month we celebrate REALTOR® Safety Month and National Preparedness Month. Throughout September, we are reminded of how these play out in our advocacy outreach efforts.

REALTORS® face job-related risks every day — working alone, meeting with strangers in unfamiliar places, and sharing personal contact information. While independence is one of the perks of our industry, it can leave us open to vulnerabilities. While we designate September as REALTOR® Safety Month to raise awareness of safety issues, it’s important for real estate professionals to stay focused on safety year-round. That why, more than a decade ago, we launched the REALTOR® Safety Program. The program provides members with safety education, tips, and countless other resources and tools at no cost, including the NEW REALTOR® Safety Network. The program covers a range of topics, including cybersecurity and data privacy — two hot topics for advocacy. The aim: Help REALTORS® make it home safely to their family every night. Learn more at nar.realtor/Safety.

We’ve also partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for National Preparedness Month. When natural disasters like Hurricane Dorian strike, it’s essential that real estate professionals remain safe, but also to look out for their clients and their families so that they have the resources they need. This year’s theme: Be Prepared, Not Scared is an excellent reminder for us to ready ourselves and our clients for natural disasters, and help families in the wake of a tragedy by raising awareness about disaster risks and the simple, proactive steps everyone can take. Visit ready.gov/september for shareable content, graphics, and videos throughout the month. The resources also offered on NAR’s Disaster Preparedness Resources are a valuable asset that can help build a culture of preparedness and ready the nation for catastrophic disasters.

According to FEMA, just one inch of water can cause $25,000 of damage to your home. As floodwaters rise, so do the costs of repairing your home and replacing the things inside of it. Heavy rains or hurricanes that lead to flash flooding highlight the need for the National Flood Insurance Program. Learn more at realtorparty.realtor/nfip.

As with every natural disaster, we encourage you to make a donation to the REALTORS® Relief Foundation. Over the past 18 years, the foundation has collected and distributed more than $32 million in aid for some 80 disasters in 39 states and territories since it launched after the September 11 terrorist attacks. It’s helped more than 13,000 families. Every dollar goes directly to victims of disaster, and NAR covers 100% of administrative expenses. Donate today.

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Preparation, Partnership, & Participation

bobGoldberg_sm.jpge_mendenhall.jpgAll the hard work we’ve done this year to increase our influence in an uncertain legislative, regulatory, and political environment has highlighted three key ingredients for success: Preparation, Partnership, and Participation. Throughout September, we are reminded of how these play out in our advocacy outreach efforts.

Preparation

As REALTORS®, we understand the importance for being prepared. Not only are we celebrating REALTOR® Safety Month, but we’ve partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to raise awareness of National Preparedness Month. Disasters are never planned, but we can help our clients, our communities, and ourselves by raising awareness about disaster risks and the simple, proactive steps everyone can take to be better prepared. The resources offered from House Logic and Homeownership Matters can build a culture of preparedness and ready the nation for catastrophic disasters.

Partnerships

It’s also a busy time in Washington, D.C. This week nearly 10,000 people are in town attending the Congressional Black Caucus’ Annual Legislative Conference (ALC). This year’s ALC theme, “The Dream Still Demands,” focuses on the influence and legacy of civil and social movements over the last 50 years moments, while uplifting present-day champions in the fight for racial equality, justice, and freedom. The National Association of Real Estate Brokers hosted a special session, “A 50-Year Journey: The Fair Housing Act to the Current State of Housing in Black America.” In addition to sponsoring a reception, our Federal Political Coordinators, who are attending this five-day conference will have the opportunity to delve into important conversations with industry leaders from across the globe on housing, environmental, business-related topics.

Participation

We say this time and time again because it’s true: our political strength comes from you! When 1.3 million REALTORS® let elected officials know and understand our position on public policy issues, we are successful. We’ve seen this on tax reform, extending the National Flood Insurance Program, and many other issues at the state and local levels. With Election Day only 54 days away, we are asking REALTORS® to make a commitment to vote on November 6. Approximately 15% of membership, or 195,000 REALTORS®, are not registered to vote. National Voter Registration Day — September 25 — is an excellent opportunity to update their voter registration or register to vote.

We thank you for your commitment to the REALTOR® Party, and we look forward to seeing you in Boston!

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September is National Preparedness Month

Recognized each September, National Preparedness Month is an opportunity to remind REALTORS® and their clients that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This year’s celebration will focus on planning, with an overarching theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and NAR are partnering to raise awareness about disaster risks and the simple, proactive steps everyone can take to be better prepared. Together, we can build a culture of preparedness and ready the nation for catastrophic disasters.

Take time to learn lifesaving skills, such as CPR and first aid, check your insurance policies and coverage for the hazards you may face, such as flood, earthquakes, and tornados. Make sure to consider the costs associated with disasters and save for an emergency. Also, know how to take practical safety steps like shutting off water and gas.

The devastating hurricanes and wildfires of 2017 and 2018 reminded the nation of the importance of preparing for disasters and the National Flood Insurance Program.  Often, we will be the first ones in our communities to take action after a disaster strikes and before first responders arrive, so it is important to prepare in advance to help yourself and your community.

Weekly Themes

Stay tuned for to each of the four weekly themes and share content on your websites, newsletters and social media pages.

REALTOR® Resources

NAR’s REALTOR Safety Program
NAR has a wealth of resources to help agents, brokers, and associations better understand and educate each other about the safety risks they face.

Why Your Office Needs a Safety Policy
In the final installment of a three-part series, real estate safety expert Tracey Hawkins explains why it’s essential to create protocols and offer ongoing training to agents.
August 17, 2018 | By Tracey Hawkins

Should Agents Wear Body Cams?
One REALTOR® association has launched an effort to encourage its members to use the wearable tool to improve personal safety. But it’s questionable how these devices—originally intended for the law enforcement community—could be applied across the real estate industry.
August 14, 2018 |By Melissa Dittmann Tracey

Resources to Share

Protecting your Home: Resources from House Logic

How to Clean Up (and Forget the Nightmare) of Basement Flooding
You can cope with the soppy mess of a basement flood cleanup. Here’s how.

9 Ways to Disaster-Proof Your Home Against Summer Storms
Turns out a tidy yard and clean gutters do way more than just look nice.

5 Things You Can Do to Protect Your Home From Severe Weather
Freaky weather happens. Here’s how to protect your home when severe storms strike.

Do You Know Where the Batteries for Your Smoke Detectors Are?
Your smoke detector is of no use to you if the batteries aren’t in. Are your smoke detectors in working order?

13 Tips for Home Wildfire Protection
All it takes is for one ember to fall on your roof. Don’t let it happen.

Resources to Share

View in FEMA Multimedia Library

Understanding Your Coverage: Resources from House Logic

What Does Flood Insurance Cover?
Find out what qualifies as a flood, and how flood insurance works.

Glossary of Insurance Terms for Homeowners
Decipher your homeowner insurance policy with this easy-to-use glossary of common terms.

Umbrella Insurance and Homeowner Liability
Umbrella insurance offers added homeowner liability protection that kicks in after homeowners insurance reaches its coverage limits.

Historic Home Insurance: Why You Need It and How to Get It
Your unique historic home needs a unique historic home insurance policy that offers restoration coverage and full replacement options.

Resources to Share

  • Insurance is the first line of defense; check your insurance coverage and review the Document and Insure Property guide.
  • Flood Insurance allows communities and families to recover more quickly and more fully. Visit Floodsmart.gov to learn more about flood insurance and how to protect your home or business.

REALTOR® Resources

Center for Financial Wellness
The National Association of REALTORS® proudly introduces the Center for REALTOR® Financial Wellness, a new resource designed exclusively to meet the specific financial planning needs of REALTORS®. This new comprehensive program includes education materials and resources for wealth building, business planning, and investing in real estate.

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