The Florida Chapter of the CMAA, in conjunction with Club Benchmarking and the National Club Association, has released a report detailing the impact of Hurricane Irma on clubs and highlighting implementation practices to help prepare for future catastrophic events.
A landmark report detailing the impact of Hurricane Irma on clubs has been released by the Florida Chapter of the Club Management Association of America (FLCMAA) in conjunction with Club Benchmarking and the National Club Association (NCA).
Key findings from the 79 surveyed clubs include insurance claims for damages in excess of $27.5 million—including $9.5 million in damages to golf courses—and 5,855 impacted employees.
The report, titled “Hurricane Irma 2017,” provides details about the experiences of clubs across the state of Florida in preparing for and recovering from a natural disaster.
“For the first time ever, clubs will have vital data on how devastating storms like Hurricane Irma impact clubs caught in the wake of a natural disaster,” said Henry Wallmeyer, NCA President and CEO. “We are pleased to have partnered with Club Benchmarking and FLCMAA to produce this report that will help clubs prepare in the future.”
Beth Sargent, the FLCMAA’s Executive Director, noted that “No event has been documented in such a way within the club industry before.”
“This publication and the supporting documents will be used to provide managers with the knowledge necessary for when these events occur in the future; not only in Florida, but with club managers throughout the United States,” Sargent added.
Jim Butler, CEO of Club Benchmarking, noted that Irma provided some hard lessons for clubs across the state.
“We felt it was important to capture their experiences and document them in an informative and meaningful way,” Butler said. “Stakeholders in these important community institutions—members, employees and vendors—were deeply impacted by Irma, both personally and financially.”
A goal of preparing and issuing the report, Butler added, was to provide a deeper understanding of the importance of preparedness and response planning for future events.
The report includes information about insurance claims, club facility closures and club responses, and the final report offers best practices in natural disaster readiness and recovery.
“Hurricane Irma 2017: The Economic, Human and Social Impact on Florida Clubs” is available to NCA members, FLCMAA members and Club Benchmarking clients.
For more information, contact FLCMAA Executive Director Beth Sargent at 561-373-0919 or [email protected].