Natural Disasters

Resource pages for "Natural Disasters"-related posts for facility managers (FMs), building operations professionals and decision-makers in all industry sectors.


Emergency Management

Understanding The Four Phases Of Emergency Management

When it comes to emergency management, uniform guidelines help facilities and communities handle natural disasters safely and efficiently.
Building Codes

Building Codes And The Right Roofing

Facility managers may want to invest in structural elements that exceed the protection provided in building codes.
Kentucky tornado

OSHA Offers Tornado Preparedness, Response Guidance

In the wake of a deadly tornado outbreak across eight states, OSHA's Tornado Response and Recovery webpage offers tips to keep workers safe.
wildfire preparedness

IBHS Offers Wildfire Preparedness Guide For Small Businesses

Amid an active western wildfire season, “Wildfire Ready–Business” provides foundational preparedness projects for small businesses and commercial building owners.
emergency power

After Hurricane Harvey, Hospital Focuses On Power Resiliency

Learning a lesson from the impact of power failure during a natural disaster, Citizens Medical Center added emergency power to its emergency room and beyond.
resilient design

Measuring The Value Of Resilient Design And Construction

A new report from the Portland Cement Association suggests that reinforced concrete structures reduce recovery costs after disasters hit and are likely to save money in the long run.
emergency power

Keeping Virginia’s Seniors Safe, Warm, And Out Of The Dark

A new law enhances backup emergency power generation requirements for assisted living facilities in the commonwealth.
Joplin Missouri tornado

After Devastating Tornado, Safety Features Build Confidence At Hospital

An EF5 tornado in Joplin, MO destroyed everything in its path in 2011, including Mercy Hospital. The new facility is built to withstand a destructive storm.
Environmental Concerns in the Wake of a Hurricane

Environmental Concerns In The Wake Of A Hurricane

Property damage after a hurricane and the resulting flooding can go beyond repairing physical structures.
flood map

Question Of The Week: Are Your Facilities At Risk From Flood Waters?

A new global flood map from property insurer FM Global aids in risk assessment for facility executives around the world.
Texas floods

Texas Water Dashboard App From USGS

This first-generation product brings real-time U.S. Geological Survey data together in a web mashup with information from the NWS and other sources.
workplace security

Workplace Disasters: A False Sense Of Security?

A new CareerBuilder survey reveals that 1 in 5 workers would not know how to protect themselves if an emergency in their office posed a physical threat.

Hampden-Sydney College Energy Research Lab Begins Operations

Construction has reached a point where the first research activities can begin while the facility’s interior is fitted-out and the exterior is finished.

September 2013 Issue (Volume 26, Number 8)

Building industry professionals have become increasingly focused on the reality of natural disasters. From the September 2013 issue.

The 2013 Hurricane Season Begins June 1

With the average Hurricane Season typically having nine to 12 named storms, of which five to seven reach hurricane strength and one to three become major hurricanes, the numbers and resources for 2013 are clear indicators that facility managers need to heed this warning and prepare their businesses—now.

Lessons From Fukushima

A third of the population in the U.S., or roughly 120 million people, lives within a 50 mile radius of a nuclear reactor. Current emergency planning rules require utilities to develop and exercise emergency evacuation plans within a 10 mile radius around reactors.

Supporting Joplin’s Extreme Makeover

More than 140 pieces of construction equipment were delivered to seven construction sites in the city destroyed by a tornado earlier this year.

NEW SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: Rolyn Priority Disaster Planning Service

The new service allows fms to make a decision about prices and capabilities in advance, before a disaster strikes their facilities, instead of in the chaotic midst of a disaster or emergency situation.

Emergency Preparedness: Facility Professionals See Room for Improvement

In spite of obstacles, fms largely report making progress in emergency preparedness and business continuity planning since 2001, while also noting there is more work to be done.

Keeping An Eye On Hurricane Irene

This guest post comes from Bill Begal is a straightforward directive to all facilities management professionals who may have to deal with the aftermath of the storm that's about to strike.

Webinars

Identity and Access Management

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View this free video webinar and learn how to streamline and automate your access control, and help make the return to routines safe and simple.
Preventative and Deferred Maintenance

Free Webinar: How Accurate Is Your Equipment Inventory?

Attend this free preventative and deferred maintenance webinar and learn about the importance of accurate inventory, how to plan for tomorrow, and more.
Facility Maintenance Sustainability Security

5 Ways Technology Can Support Facility Maintenance, Sustainability And Security

Attend this free webinar and learn how technology can streamline your processes, help you stay proactive, and simplify your work.

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