Surviving the Storm:
5 Hurricane Essentials for
Facility Maintenance Managers
Facility maintenance managers have a critical role to play in preparing for and responding to hurricanes. Among the many items that can be in a Hurricane Preparedness Plan there are five key hurricane essentials that facility maintenance managers need in order to survive a hurricane.
Generators – Don’t get caught without power!
Hurricanes can cause widespread power outages that can last for days or even weeks. This is why having backup power is a hurricane essential for facility maintenance managers to keep operations running smoothly and ensure the safety of their employees and customers.
There are several options for backup power, including generators, battery backups, and solar panels. It’s important to choose the right option based on the needs of your facility and the duration of the expected power outage.
Did you know that AAFM can store your backup power solutions and deliver it to you when you need it, guaranteeing power and savings.
Fuel – Make sure you have enough for every option!
Fuel is one of the most important resources during and after a hurricane. Facility maintenance managers should ensure they have an adequate supply of fuel before a hurricane strikes as it is typically rationed after a hurricane is over. Fuel is hurricane essential for powering generators, vehicles, and other equipment necessary for facility maintenance managers to keep their operations running smoothly. This includes not only gasoline or diesel for generators, but also propane for heating, and even extra fuel for vehicles in case of evacuation. It’s important to store fuel safely in approved containers and to follow all local regulations regarding storage and transportation.
Satellite Phones – Communication is crucial!
During and after a hurricane traditional forms of communication, such as phone lines and internet, may be disrupted or completely unavailable. This is where satellite phones come in. These devices use satellite technology to communicate with other phones or devices, making them a hurricane essential for facility maintenance managers. With a satellite phone, facility managers can easily communicate with staff and tenants, emergency services, and other key contacts. They can also receive important updates and alerts about the storm, allowing them to make informed decisions and take necessary precautions to ensure the safety of everyone on the premises.
Business Continuity Program – Make sure business continues!
A business continuity program is an essential part of any facility maintenance manager’s hurricane preparedness plan. This program outlines the steps that will be taken before, during, and after a hurricane to ensure that the business can continue to operate as smoothly as possible. The program should include details such as backup power sources, communication plans, and procedures for relocating staff and equipment if necessary.
Proactive measures to secure facilities to minimize damage are a hurricane essential. This may include installing storm shutters or boarding up windows, securing loose objects such as signs and trash cans, and clearing gutters and drains to prevent flooding.
It is also important for facility maintenance managers to ensure that all equipment and machinery is properly secured and protected from the elements. This may involve shutting down certain systems in advance of the storm or relocating critical equipment to more secure areas of the building.
Having a pre-established business continuity program in place can help minimize disruptions to operations and ensure that the facility can quickly recover from the effects of a hurricane. It is important for facility maintenance managers to regularly review and update their business continuity program to ensure that it remains relevant and effective in the face of changing circumstances.
Did you know that AAFM regularly meets with our clients that are at high risk of experiencing hurricanes to provide guidance and the latest in business continuity solutions?
AAFM also provides board-ups, gutter and drain clearing, and many more services!!!
Reliable FM Partner – AAFM can help!
During and after a hurricane, facility maintenance managers need all the help they can get to ensure that their business operations continue with minimal disruption. This is why a reliable FM partner like AAFM is a hurricane essential. With years of experience in the industry, AAFM is capable of providing immediate site assistance to get businesses up and running even in the aftermath of a hurricane.
AAFM has a team of highly skilled professionals who are equipped with the latest tools and technology to provide swift and efficient services. They offer a range of solutions such as emergency power generation, water damage restoration, and HVAC repair to ensure that your facility is back to its normal state in no time.
Feel free to call us at (855) 347-1613 and speak to one of our knowledgeable customer service representatives.
Read more about Storm Recovery here:
Recover and Rebuild: Hurricane Recovery
Hurricane Preparation – Prepare For Severe Weather Now!
Is your business ready for hurricane season?