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Katzman Garfinkel Provides Free Community Association ‘Survivor Florida: Disaster Preparedness & Recovery’ Classes

In preparation for a potentially active 2012 Atlantic Tropical Hurricane season, the Florida community association law firm of Katzman Garfinkel and the Community Advocacy Network ( today announced their statewide “Survivor Florida: Disaster Preparedness and Recovery” course schedule.

An absolutely free course that will be offered at several venues around the state of Florida this summer, “Survivor Florida: Disaster Preparedness and Recovery” teaches community association Board members, residents and managers how to best prepare for a natural disaster in their community and the necessary steps to take post-disaster in order to achieve a swift and cost-efficient recovery.

The “Survivor Florida” course schedule announced today includes the following dates and locations:

South Florida:

  • June 5, 10 am – 12 noon: Katzman Garfinkel Law and Learning Center, 5297 West Copans Rd., Margate, FL 33063
  • June 14, 3:30-5:30 pm: Community Association Management Professionals (C.A.M.P.) Annual Trade Show, The Club at Emerald Hills, 4100 N. Hills Dr., Hollywood, FL 33021
  • June 26, 10 am – 12 noon: Katzman Garfinkel Law and Learning Center, 5297 West Copans Rd., Margate, FL 33063

Central & North Florida:

  • July 13, 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm, 2012 Florida Neighborhoods Conference, Crowne Plaza Pensacola Grand Hotel, 200 E. Gregory Street, Pensacola, FL 32502.
  • July 14, 10:45 am – 12 noon, 2012 Florida Neighborhoods Conference, Crowne Plaza Pensacola Grand Hotel, 200 E. Gregory Street, Pensacola, FL 32502.

For registration details and further information, call Toll Free to 1-855-542-3476 (KGB-FIRM). Additional dates and venues for “Survivor Florida: Disaster Preparedness & Recovery” classes around the state will be announced as they become available.

“Wherever you live in Florida – from Orlando to Pensacola, Tampa to the Florida Keys – Katzman Garfinkel urges Florida community associations not to wait for disaster to strike,” said Katzman Garfinkel Founding Partner Alan B. Garfinkel, who is recognized nationally as an expert in the field of disaster recovery. “Whether it’s a hurricane, flooding, a fire or a tornado, you need to be prepared and know what to document in advance in order to recover damages post-disaster – this course will teach you all that and more.”

“Survivor Florida: Disaster Preparedness and Recovery” focuses on all aspects of disaster preparation and recovery, including negotiating disaster-related contingencies in vendor contracts, how to prepare members of the community in advance of a storm, what to secure and what to document before a storm hits, who to contact post-disaster and what pitfalls to avoid to ensure damage recovery that will help your community back onto its feet.

Unique in its level of commitment to Florida community association education, Katzman Garfinkel and the Community Advocacy Network (CAN) have emphasized the importance of providing educational opportunities for Boards and managers of community associations statewide.

In addition to “Survivor Florida,” the firm’s year-round educational courses and seminars include highly popular Board Member Boot Camp® series (; the annual Legal Update courses for Florida licensed CAMs, approved by the State’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation; and the “We Speak Condo” course series, taught by former Florida Ombudsman’s office educators Bill and Susan Raphan.

About the Community Advocacy Network (CAN)
Established as a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization by the law firm of Katzman Garfinkel, the Community Advocacy Network is Florida’s leading voice for the interests of more than 60,000 community associations statewide, advocating for progressive community association legislation and providing year-round educational outreach to Florida community association members on issues critical to the maintenance of their community lifestyles and property values.

CAN operates with the guidance of a volunteer Advisory Council of community association managers, Board members and attorneys from throughout the state. Organizational membership is open to all Florida condominiums, co-operatives, homeowner associations, timeshares and mobile home communities. For more information on the benefits of CAN membership and the organization’s activities throughout Florida, visit

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