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New Edition of "Before and After Disaster Strikes: Developing an Emergency Procedures Manual" Now Available From IREM

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Editor's Note: Review copies are available to media on request.

General Information: Before and After Disaster Strikes: Developing an Emergency Procedures Manual, Fourth Edition, IREM, 2012; 305 pages; soft cover; IREMMembers, $39.95, non-Members, $49.95 (plus shipping and applicable state sales tax). Also available in e-Book format, IREM Members, $15.99, non-members, $19.99.

(Chicago, Oct. 8, 2012) -- Protecting buildings and occupants in all types of emergency situations is a concern that cuts across all sectors of the professional real estate community. Before and After Disaster Strikes: Developing an Emergency Procedures Manual, Fourth Edition, just published by the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), is a comprehensive, authoritative “how-to” guide focused on helping real estate professionals create emergency procedures plans and manuals for all types of properties.

Designed with an all-hazards approach in mind, the publication examines the numerous considerations involved in preparing for, reacting to, and recovering from disasters – natural and manmade. It lays out the key components that should be part of each and every response plan and manual and addresses managing both the physical and financial aspects of property damage.

Individual chapters:

  • Compare and contrast the hazards posed to residential, commercial, industrial, mixed-use and medical office properties and provide emergency planning guidance by property type
  • Offer specifics on how to deal with everything from power outages and fires to hazardous materials spills and medical emergencies to hurricanes and tornadoes and other kinds of natural disasters
  • Explore threats posed by manmade disasters such as crime and terrorism and discuss ways to deal with acts of violence and emergencies that erupt with little or no warning.
  • Examine business continuity strategies including how to identify which business processes are absolutely vital and which systems should remain online during a disruption caused by an emergency or a disaster.

A set of emergency planning forms assembled by IREM and its industry partners accompanies the new publication. Accessible online, the forms help establish a baseline of preparedness for any property, and can be customized or adapted for specific applications.


Before and After Disaster Strikes: Developing an Emergency Procedures Manual, Fourth Edition, is priced at $39.95 for IREM Members and $49.95 for non-members, (plus shipping and applicable state sales tax). To order, contact the IREM Customer Service Department at 430 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611, or call toll-free at 1-800-837-0706, ext. 4650. Credit card orders (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover) can be faxed toll-free to 1-800-338-4736 or e-mailed to users can order the publication at

The publication also is available in e-Book format, priced at $15.99 for IREM Members and $19.99 for non-members. It can be paid for by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover) and downloaded at

The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) is an international community of real estate managers across all property types dedicated to ethical business practices and maximizing the value of investment real estate. An affiliate of the National Association of Realtors, IREM has been a trusted source for knowledge, advocacy and networking for the real estate management community for more than 80 years.

IREM is the only professional real estate management association serving both the multi-family and commercial real estate sectors and has 80 U.S. chapters, 14 international chapters, and several other partnerships around the globe. Worldwide membership includes nearly 18,000 individual members and over 535 corporate members.

IREM promotes ethical real estate management practices through its credentialed membership programs, including the Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation, the Accredited Residential Manager (ARM) certification, the Accredited Commercial Manager (ACoM) certification, and the Accredited Management Organization (AMO) accreditation. These esteemed credentials certify competence and professionalism for those engaged in real estate management. IREM also offers CPM Candidate, Associate, Student, and Academic memberships. All members are bound by the strictly enforced IREM Code of Professional Ethics.

Collectively, CPM Members in the United States manage nearly $2 trillion in real estate assets, including 11.4 million residential units and 10.4 billion net square feet of commercial space. To learn more about the IREM and its chapter network, call (800) 837-0706, ext. 4650 (outside the U.S. call (312) 329-6000) or visit