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Ever since there have been buildings there’s been a need to alert people on how to get out safely during an emergency. Using a system reserved for emergencies—the fire alarm system—decreases the time required to notify occupants.
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.
Hurricane Sandy hit the New Jersey coast on Monday, October 29, and here in that state we are still in the recovery stage. While there are certainly many facets to an effective emergency preparedness plan, one glaring aspect is how dependence on “the grid” for power is an increasingly risky endeavor.
Great ShakeOut earthquake drills help people in homes, schools, and organizations improve preparedness and practice how to be safe during earthquakes.
CoreFirst LLC has introduced a proprietary seismic upgrade retrofit system. Modular, steel constructed, “cartridge” style safe zones are installed into existing buildings to upgrade the ability of these structures to withstand a seismic event.
For mass notification, these items produce high fidelity sound output in a low profile design.
The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) provides advice for those managing small and mid-sized facilities in areas vulnerable to wildfire.
BOMA International has two new publications now available in the BOMA store.
A survey by the Society of Fire Protection Engineers found two other facility issues of more importance.
A nationally televised football game was put on hold twice as facilities staff worked to identify the cause of a stadium wide power outage.