As job titles go, ‘facility manager’ is a bit misleading. That’s because a facility manager doesn’t just manage a given school, arena, or conference center. They are also in charge of
ensuring the safety and comfort of everyone inside that facility.
If disaster strikes, there’s a lot more at stake than soggy floors or
overheated hallways – a good facility manager must be prepared for the
Every HVAC system seems to break down on the hottest or coldest days
of the year.
To avoid as much discomfort and damage as possible, stay on top
of regular HVAC maintenance and inspection. If your units are old, start
planning for an upgrade. If
they’re new, make sure they are
serviced regularly to ensure a
Should your HVAC systems
fail entirely, you need to
understand what you’ll need
temporarily until a replacement
can be installed. In those cases,
we offer a variety of portable air
conditioners and heaters, as
well as dehumidifiers to guard
against the onset of mold.
Water damage is one of the costliest problems to fix — for homeowners
and facility managers alike. That’s why it’s important to know your
problem areas and understand what issues have occurred in the past.
Also, educate yourself about what remediation products you will
need in the event of a problem. What size pump will you need to clear
away a flooded basement or bathroom? What kind of dehumidifier can
accommodate the affected space?
You also need to consider the impact this could have on your
flooring. Our carpet extractors are designed to clean and dry carpet
while reducing bacteria and mold growth. Our floor buffers can bring
a damaged floor back to life. And if there’s no salvaging your existing
flooring, our equipment can help you install something brand new.
There’s no getting around it: Security is now one of the biggest issues
facility managers face.
To prepare for the worst, create an emergency response plan
and ensure all building personnel are well-versed in the specifics.
Cybersecurity and technology are increasingly being delegated to facility
managers, so educate yourself on the available tools and best practices.
One area that’s easy to miss in disaster preparedness is security
cameras. They are designed to blend in, but they can’t be forgotten.
Check your security cameras regularly to make sure they are functioning
properly. If one or more need to be replaced, bring in our mobile
surveillance cameras to ensure you are covered until the new equipment
You can’t be too careful. The safety of your facility and its occupants
depends on it.
PREPARING FOR THE WORST:
A GUIDE FOR FACILITY MANAGERS