In observance of REALTOR® Safety Month in September, the Arizona Association of REALTORS® (AAR) is launching an Agent Safety Alert Program or ASAP.

Paula Monthofer - Arizona REALTOR® Safety SeriesThe focus on security started earlier this year with a series of REALTOR® Safety videos featuring AAR First Vice President and Safety Workgroup Chair Paula Monthofer. “We belong to the largest trade organization in Arizona,” said Monthofer. “We have the numbers, the knowledge and the skillset to attack this in a more proactive manner.”

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The safety workgroup created an incident alert system just for REALTORS®. Active AAR members can receive text alerts and post incident reports online. Prior to ASAP, the association shared safety alerts via social media and its members-only website.

“We want to do more than share safety warnings via social media,” said AAR CEO Michelle Lind. “So, we decided to be more proactive in alerting Arizona REALTORS® of potential hazards.” Lind was one of four safety panelists at the August 2015 National Association of REALTORS® Leadership Summit in Chicago, IL.

“Sidney Cranston was a member from 2005 to 2014,” Lind recounted to more than 1500 Association executives. “He went to show one of his own properties and unfortunately didn’t inform anyone about the potential buyers he went to meet.” Cranston mysteriously vanished after that meeting in Kingman, AZ on June 16, 2015.

Click here to see video from the REALTOR® Safety Panel at the 2015 Leadership Summit.

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On August 14, 2015, the Arizona REALTORS® Disaster Assistance Foundation (ARDAF) responded to a request from the Emergency Management Division of Mohave County Development Services.

“Sharon March, association executive at the Bullhead City/Mohave Valley Association of REALTORS® was approached about helping fire evacuees,” said Michelle Lind, CEO of the Arizona Association of REALTORS®. “ARDAF responded with a $1,000 donation to the Bullhead City Salvation Army.”

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Between the time the fire started on July 25 and was 100 percent contained on August 15, around 6,000 acres were burned as the fire spread from Needles, California into northwest Arizona. An estimated $18.3 million was spent to fight the fire that allegedly started from a boy playing with a lighter.

In 2013, ARDAF donated $5,000 to benefit the families of 19 fallen Yarnell Hill firefighters.

Since 2002, ARDAF and the Arizona Association of REALTORS® have donated $55,000 in response to a variety of disasters including relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

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