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Building industry professionals have become increasingly focused on the reality of natural disasters. From the September 2013 issue.
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.
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.
More than 140 pieces of construction equipment were delivered to seven construction sites in the city destroyed by a tornado earlier this year.
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.
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.
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.
In addition to saving lives and reducing property loss, statewide building codes based on recognized standards can protect the environment from waste caused by rebuilding after a disaster.
This summer, IRN is making a special request on behalf of tornado and flood victims in Missouri, Alabama, Massachusetts, and elsewhere: consider reuse as an alternative to disposal of surplus furnishings and other inventory.
“Use of building safety codes results in fewer injuries and lives lost,” affirms Richard P. Weiland, Chief Executive Officer of the International Code Council.