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


September 12th, 2019.


5:30 PM to 8:30 PM




Delaney House


Jillian Campayno


*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. Dr. Wasula is smart, down to earth, and experienced at helping landlords large and small ensure they are prepared for hazardous weather. Dr. Wasula's goal is to minimize the risk of litigation due to an injury occurring on your property.

*Part II: Free and Discounted Energy Upgrades

Eversource will be joining us to discuss free and discounted energy upgrades for market rent and low-income rentals: windows, insulation, heating systems, lighting, variable frequency drives, heat pumps, hot water on demand, and more. These programs will apply to market rate duplexes and up, and low-income five units and up. There are new additions for 2019 and some of the additions are well worth finding out about.

These efficiency upgrades cover common areas, inside units, and all exteriors. They will now replace single pane windows in electrically heated units. Air source heat pumps are available with preferrential loan terms. Don't own a large building? That's okay, they can group two smaller ones and treat them as if they were a single larger complex. This information is relevant wherever you own property, these are state-wide programs. There are two distinct paths depending on income eligibility.

This part of the presentation will be given by Marge Vedovelli and James Collins, presenting slides prepared with Debbie Sas, all of Eversource.

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*Thursday, September 12th RHAGS Meeting Agenda

-5:30pm Sign-in and Networking
Cash bar
Networking draws from Springfield, West Springfield, Holyoke, Chicopee, Ludlow, Wilbraham, East Longmeadow, Longmeadow, Agawam, Southwick, Southampton, Easthampton, Northampton, Westhampton, Hadley, South Hadley, Granby, Amherst, Belchertown, Ware, Palmer, Warren, Monson, and Hampden.
-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.