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From wildfires and floods to hurricanes and tornadoes, maintenance and engineering managers have never had to plan for a wider range of threats to their facilities. Now, a report from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) paints a stark picture of the size and scope of the resilience challenges managers face.
FEMA's 2022 National Preparedness Report reveals the impacts that climate change and associated natural disasters continue to have on emergency management capabilities and communities across the country. The report summarizes the state of national preparedness, discussing the risks the nation faces and the way those risks drive whole-community emergency management capability requirements. The report includes the following findings, among others:
This year’s report presents preparedness data through the lens of risks and capabilities and underscores the challenges that emergency managers face in addressing a continuously expanding risk environment, the ingenuity they have shown to rise to those challenges and opportunities that remain to better prepare the nation. Emergency managers and whole-community partners across the nation can use the report to help support decisions about program priorities, resource allocations and community actions.
Dan Hounsell is senior editor of the facilities market. He has more than 25 years of experience writing about facilities maintenance, engineering and management.
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