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Facility Maintenance Decisions
Special Section: Emergency Preparedness PAGE Maintenance and Engineering: Key Players in Emergency Preparedness Maintenance and Engineering Departments' Role in Emergency Preparation Planning Considerations for Facility Recovery Understanding the Preparedness Cycle

Understanding the Preparedness Cycle

By Megan Marvil, P.E., and Jim Van de Voorde Emergency Preparedness   Article Use Policy

Once institutional and commercial facilities create emergency-response plans, the plans require continuous re-evaluation and improvement. The preparedness cycle illustrates this concept. Throughout the preparedness process and its mission areas, maintenance and engineering departments should:

  • know the business, its mission, vision, and values — as well as the business continuity plans of supported clients — and align management capabilities to support them
  • know facility systems, focus on their criticalities, support the hierarchy of response, and remember to consider what-if scenarios
  • develop emergency operating procedures and ensure tools are in place so technicians can execute the procedures when required
  • enhance preparation for emergencies through education, training, and drills.

— Megan Marvil, P.E., and Jim Van de Voorde




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