Businesses need to get up and running and fast as possible in the wake of a hurricane. Safety is the first priority, of course, but then comes continuity. Hurricane preparedness as an issue has been cast into sharp relief following all the big storms of 2017. Statewide blackouts left many homes and businesses without power for as long as 10 days, resulting in a collapse of many vital services. One of the most important ways for a facility manager to prepare for a hurricane is to ensure that backup power is ready in event of a prolonged blackout.
When a hurricane is approaching, demand for generators skyrockets. You don’t want to be stuck on a waiting list, not knowing whether you’ll get one. Uncertainty is the enemy of business, so make plans in advance. If you are in an area that is susceptible to hurricanes, consider investing in a generator. If that isn’t feasible, reserve one at a rental service during hurricane season. Consider it an insurance expenditure; you’ll be glad when your lights and A/C are on.
Even if your employees can’t get to work and business processes are on hold, it’s worthwhile to power your building. Electricity means your security systems and lights will function, so you’ll avoid the looting and vandalism sometimes associated with power loss. Especially in Florida’s humid climate, interiors without active HVAC can quickly develop mold and mildew, which is unhealthy for employees and expensive to remove. If your building is strong and has electricity, consider offering it as a shelter for your employees.
To learn more about how MaintenX can help you prepare for and respond to a hurricane, please contact us anytime.