Supporting the Community and Giving Back

At MaintenX, we believe in giving our time and talents back to the community. It’s always an immensely fulfilling experience to volunteer and with technicians from coast to coast, we feel a close personal connection with communities all over the United States. This year MaintenX has donated over $125,000 to various non-profit organizations and volunteered time and our skills on multiple occasions to help the community. We wanted to share with you a summary of our 2018 giving activities.

Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief

MaintenX helping the community in Puerto Rico

 

Earlier this year, the MaintenX Puerto Rico team lent a hand to install water fountains, sinks and toilets for the All Hands and Hearts Foundation in Puerto Rico. This was for a local school that was hit hard in 2018 by Hurricane Maria. To read more about this effort click here!

 

 

Golf Charity Events

MaintenX golf team supporting the community with Jackson in Action 83 Foundation The MaintenX team participated in various golf charity events throughout the year including the CVS Charity Classic, the Tarpon Springs Leadership Conservatory for the Arts, St. Joseph’s Hospitals Foundation and the Jackson in Action 83 Foundation that supports local Tampa Bay, military families. To read more click here!

 

 

 

Breast Cancer Awareness

MaintenX team supporting breast cancer awareness in the Tampa Community

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Treasure Chests 5K + Fun Run was held in October. We had over 20 participants from MaintenX run for Breast Cancer research and patient services in the Bay area. To read more click here!

 

 

 

Lending a Helping Hand in the Community

MaintenX Team helping at the Home Depot Foundation event

MaintenX also volunteered and donated to the Home Depot Foundation, Girl Scouts of the USA, Operation Giving Sunshine- The Skills Center, The Whelan Foundation in Long Island, Special Hearts Farm, and the Alpha House of Pinellas County. To read more click here!

 

Holiday Giving

MaintenX Sponsoring Angel Tree Program for the Holidays in the Tampa Bay Community

 This upcoming holiday season MaintenX encouraged employees to participate in sponsoring children in the Salvation Army Angel Tree program. For every employee sponsored Angel, the company has agreed to match the sponsorship. We’ve encouraged employees across the country to participate with their local branches and their donations will be matched by MaintenX in the Tampa Bay area. Our gifts will be donated on December 12th and we will announce our total number of sponsored Angels on social media! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn to find out!

 

 

New Years Giving Announcement

With the New Year quickly approaching, MaintenX has some very exciting news to announce in January involving the Tampa Metro area and a major charitable program! The MaintenX team is so excited about this opportunity to give back to the Tampa Bay community and we can’t wait to tell you about it in the new year!

Planning for Power Outages

There are a lot of things that can cause power outages, such as:

  • Severe storms
  • High winds
  • Earthquakes
  • Power surges
  • Brownouts
  • Blackouts
  • Tornadoes
  • Hurricanes
  • Accidents

Though outages can be unpredictable, there are some simple things that you can do to stay safe if they happen to you.

Emergency Plan

Having a power outage emergency plan is the most essential part of being prepared. Here’s a tip a lot of people forget to put on their emergency preparedness checklist: know where your emergency release lever on your electric garage door is. That way, you can get your car in and out in the event of an outage. It’s also a smart idea to hide a spare key outside your home, especially if you usually depend on your garage door as your main entryway.

Safety First

  • Stay away from downed power lines and anything that touches them.
  • Never use your outdoor stove, gas grill, or heater indoors.
  • Keep candles and any other open flame away from pets and small children.

Emergency Kit Essentials:

At a minimum, have these items in your emergency kit, and keep the kit in an easily accessible place:

  • Flashlights
  • Extra Batteries
  • Battery-powered Radio
  • Bottled Water
  • Camping Equipment
  • Cell Phone

 

Charge your Phone

If you have advance warning of an outage, charge your phone immediately. Try to keep a full battery by disabling non-essential apps and turning down the brightness of your screen.

Want to know more about power outage safety? Contact MaintenX today.

Tips for Planning Event Security at your Facility

Planning a successful event is a mammoth undertaking and involves complex procedures you might not think of, including issues like event security and local event regulations. The tips below can help ensure your event goes off without a hitch.

Event Security

This is an important one, and you should make room in your event’s planning budget for it. Your event location might have CCTV cameras and other security features, but that likely isn’t enough. If an event space only offers basic security, it’s best to leave room in your budget for hiring additional personnel.

Assess all Possible Risks

Think about potential vulnerabilities of the venue you’ll be using. Outdoor venues, for example are naturally more difficult to secure than indoor spaces. That being said, indoor spaces will likely have fewer escape routes in the event of an emergency. In addition, also think about natural disaster risks like tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and wildfires.

Structure your Leaders

Making sure everyone knows exactly who is responsible for what can save lives in an emergency situation. Make a chain of command for security, and make sure all involved with the planning and management are familiar with it.

By being proactive and implementing these recommendations, you can minimize or eliminate risks to your event. No matter what event you are planning, thinking ahead about possible security problems allows you peace of mind and makes the entire event better for everyone.

MaintenX Gives Back at RFMA Gives 2016!

The MaintenX team members drove to Orlando, FL on a sunny Saturday morning in September to volunteer helping revitalize a center that feeds the homeless and less fortunate in the local community.

Daily Bread, Orlando - RFMA Gives with MaintenXSmiling faces greeted them and The Daily Bread community leaders were thrilled to find 160 eager volunteers raring to go and excited to make improvements to the grounds and facilities as part of annual RFMA Gives Event! Groups of volunteers took charge of cleaning, landscaping, organizing donated clothing, remodeling restrooms and painting.

Task force leaders kept the teams energized and focused, despite the heat being over 90°F! We were inspired to see so many individuals come together to support such a worthy cause.

We believe that when we give – We Make a Difference!
 
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Rio Olympic Village Horror Stories

By Tess Koman

The past few weeks have brought horror story after horror story about Rio’s Olympic villages, the 31 buildings meant to house close to 18,000 athletes, coaches, and staff for the entirety of the games. Though many are “confident” tonight’s opening ceremony will be “awesome,” athletes complained as early as this morning the villages are still not up to par. Below, some of the strangest and most alarming things that have happened in the Olympic village leading up and during the games.

1. The Australian toilets failed a major “stress test,” causing their athletes to move in late. When toilets were flushed on multiple floors at the same time July 25 to see if the building’s plumbing could handle several athletes at once, “The system failed. Water came down walls, there was a strong smell of gas in some apartments and there was ‘shorting’ in the electrical wiring,” Chef de Mission of the Australian Olympic Committee Kitty Chiller said. That was in addition to “blocked toilets, leaking pipes, exposed wiring, darkened stairwells where no lighting has been installed and dirty floors in need of a massive clean.”

2. Once the Australians were able to move in, they were robbed. According to CNN, a fire broke out in basement garage of the Australian Villages, and when athletes were evacuated, at least one laptop and several Zika-protective team shirts were taken.

3. Some of the villages’ fire alarms were disconnected, including the Australians’.It’s unclear how they knew to evacuate during the fire as alarms did not go off. A few of their athletes even slept through the drill. “I didn’t know it even happened, to be honest,” Australian shooter Warren Potent told CNN. Chiller said it was “completely unacceptable” the team wasn’t even told by Rio officials the alarms would be off.

4. Just last night, the Czech village flooded. It’s unclear what actually caused the flooding, but Czech cyclist Zdenek Stybar described the raining in one stairwell like a “new shower in the house.”

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5. There is no coffee to be found in the villages. Egyptian archer Ahmed El-Nemr told NPR when he asked about the caffeine selection, “they said we are only limited to Coca-Cola products. So…” Coffee is not an official sponsor of the 2016 Olympic Games and it is nowhere to be found.

6. The gas leak smell in the accommodations was deemed “normal” by Brazilian officials. The smell allegedly permeating the entire village and was due to gas connection tests, Yahoo! Sports reports.

7. Because the gas smell and the aforementioned plumbing concerns weren’t being addressed quickly enough, several countries brought in their own repair teams. TheItalians, in particular, hired massive amounts of manual labor as “a matter of urgency.” The Dutch hinted at retroactively charging the Brazilians for the repairs of their village damages. “It is the responsibility of the organizing committee to deliver a safe and well-functioning village,” Dutch Chef de Mission Maurits Hendriks told the Guardian. “Let it be clear that we will evaluate this situation with IOC and Rio 2016 after the Games. This applies for example to financial consequences as a result of the measures we are taking and have been taken.”

8. As of five days ago, some villages had yet to pass safety inspection tests. It’s unclear if they all have today.

9. The Jamaican team is staying in a “construction site” after arriving to unfinished rooms yesterday. Though the Jamaican Chef de Mission Vishu Tolan said, “Things will get better as we go along” and he believes the mess “today and tomorrow will be rectified,” he noted three of the team’s 24 rooms had water leakage. Footage from one of the rooms shows plaster strewn everywhere and completely unfinished accommodations.

10. Olympic officials lost the key to the Olympics. Though this isn’t technically an Olympicvillage horror story, it’s still alarming: The east gate of the games had to be cut open with box cutters after officials realized the key was gone and the women’s soccer team had to use that entrance to start their opening match.

11. Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina got stuck in a village elevator before his match with Novak Djokovic. According to his publicist, he was stuck for 40 minutes Sunday and his cell didn’t work in the elevator. He was eventually rescued by members of the Argentinian handball team.

 

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Join Us At PRSM Mid-Year!

The MaintenX team will be heading out to Scottsdale, AZ for the 2015 PRSM Mid-Year Conference, taking place September 9-11, 2015!

Looking for facility maintenance services?

Please stop by and visit us to see how MaintenX Total Facility Repair Experts can serve your retail company.  Visit us at the Maintenance Marketplace at Table #180.

The Marketplace will be open during the conference:

– Thursday, September 10, 2015 from 11:30am-3:00pm
– Friday, September 11, 2015 from 8:00-10:00am

 

To schedule a meeting, please complete the form to the right or click on the link below:

Schedule a meeting

 

We hope to see you there!

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