Emergency Response Plans Essential for Post-Pandemic Facilities

Cleveland-area gardens lean on generators, advance planning to prevent disastrous power outages.   February 2, 2023

By Dave Lubach, Managing Editor

An emergency response plan is important for any facility manager to establish at institutional and commercial facilities. A plan is especially critical when the facility is responsible for keeping plants and animals alive. 

Nico Viola, the director of facilities at the Holden Arboretum & Gardens outside Cleveland, has a unique set up. He manages a facility that includes two biomes housing plants and animals that are climate-reliant on having the proper level of temperatures and humidity levels to thrive. The campus also includes labs with high-level studies taking place. A power outage on campus could eliminate important research, plants and animals that are important to the thriving public gardens, and close down the facility to the public for extended periods. 

In this video, Managing Editor Dave Lubach talks with Viola, one of eight inaugural 2022 Facility Champions, about the importance of having an emergency response plan in place, a situation that proved critical during the COVID-19 pandemic period when many questions existed about how to respond to the situation. 

In this video you’ll learn:  

How to determine what you need for emergency power. 0.35 

How to handle climate-related issues. 2.25 

How often to review emergency power policies. 3.55 

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Dave Lubach is managing editor of the Facilities Market.


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