Category Archives: Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness – Who’s Got the Monkey?

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As a facilities managers you may feel overwhelmed. You are faced with unending guidelines and requirements.  Managing these challenge has been equated to monkeys on your back in the iconic article Management Time – Who’s Got the Monkey?  By William Oncken, Jr., and Donald L. Wass.  Let’s see how this perspective applies to effectively managing an emergency preparedness plan.   You are ultimately responsible for the care and feeding of a zoo-full of monkeys!  …

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Emergency Preparedness: The New Normal

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  I want to share a quote that shifted my perspective a bit: “Preparedness is not simply a hoop to jump through to satisfy the Joint Commission, or to keep the Fire Marshall off your back.  It is a fundamental duty to the community, state and country. Assuming nothing will ever happen, or counting on your staff to ‘rise to the occasion’ is not a plan, and it is not preparedness.” —- Dr. Arthur Kellermann,…

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Being Ready for Disaster

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In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, we’ve seen that natural disasters are a serious matter. During the intense storm, emergency generators at New York University Langone Medical Center failed and all patients had to be evacuated other hospitals. Nearly 50 of the patients were described as “critical” and were being taken to the Mt. Sinai Medical Center. This kind of life-threatening situation can be avoided. It is highly recommended that a backup generator system is…

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