Re: "emergency plan" for a cohousing community?
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2018 21:35:01 -0700 (PDT)
> On Sep 23, 2018, at 12:02 AM, Muriel Kranowski <murielk [at]> wrote:
> Who if anyone in your community is authorized to take quick action in some
> urgent situation? How is that person or team selected? This is an issue for
> us right now and I would really like to hear how other communities handle
> it.

Our policy — this is part of the general decision-making policy.
4. Emergency Decisions:
Emergency decisions are those where the health, safety, or security of 
residents or facilities will be endangered or damaged if action is not taken 
Emergency decisions should be made by as many team and/or board members as can 
be effectively included in the decision. If expenditure of amounts in excess of 
the budget is needed, a board member (preferably the treasurer and/or 
president) should be included in the decision.
The decision and its implications should be communicated to the membership as 
soon as possible.


The team would be expected to act for emergencies that fall within their 
responsibility. Everything we can think of falls is assigned to one team or 
another. All the moving parts have a point person.

Normally we require that, at a minimum, decisions beyond the regular and 
repeated are posted for concerns and objections for 4-5 days before being 

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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