The best time to reevaluate (or create) your disaster plan is before an emergency occurs. You never know when a disaster will strike and how it will affect your facility. The key is to be prepared, and the best way to be prepared is to periodically review, reevaluate, and appropriately adapt or change your plan.
Category: Emergency Preparedness
Red Ball Drills® are a unique emergency preparedness method that make real-time training more productive and less traumatic. While it is primarily associated with active shooter training, its uses can extend into many areas of facilities management—a “red ball” can signify any preparedness situation, from equipment failure to natural disasters to physical or cybersecurity threats.
After a disaster, you’ll probably need to get in touch with a lot of people who work at your facility. But you could also have a limited ability to recharge your electronic devices, including cell phones, laptops, and tablets. So how can you conserve energy while keeping communication lines open?
Flood water, whether due to natural causes or infrastructure failure can have catastrophic effects when it comes to electrically powered equipment and appliances. It is always best to contact your supplier for proper procedures, but these tips can help you evaluate damaged electronics.
Facility managers, or someone on their facilities team, are often designated by their organizations as first aid providers in case of an emergency. As such, you’ll likely find yourself (and your team) required to undergo first aid and CPR training. While that first aid training is indispensable, it turns out that designated first aid/CPR providers […]
Every facility needs to have an adequate fire prevention and preparedness strategy. This is especially true for facilities with warehouses on site, where facility managers need a unique strategy depending on the types of products or materials that are stored on site. These concerns were on attendees’ minds in the standing-room-only crowd for Tim Dietz’s […]
With the current measles outbreak making headlines across the country, facility managers are wondering what they can do to protect their employees and tenants. Can you require your employees to be vaccinated against measles? What should you do if you learn someone at your facilities has a case of measles?
When it comes to emergencies, you might ask yourself, how can I possibly prepare all of my employees for all possible disasters that can arise? Training for every conceivable emergency can seem daunting. How are you supposed to know what to train and at what frequency?
Do you know the probability of violent crime at your facility? High? Low? What kinds of crime is your facility most vulnerable to? Is there any way you can evaluate your risk?
Do you have an adequate risk assessment process in place for gauging the effectiveness of your facility’s security? Take a look at the 8 steps of a good risk assessment procedure and download our free resource to learn more.