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Preparing for an Emergency


Hi. This is Chris Matt, associate editor of Maintenance Solutions magazine. Today’s tip, emergency preparedness. The first step in preparing facilities is to develop an emergency-preparedness plan that takes into account a range of internal and external emergencies. These events include explosions and fires, extreme heat, floods, hurricanes, chemical threats, workplace violence, and utility disruptions and failures. Second, an emergency plan will be effective only if the maintenance and engineering staff is prepared. One key to preparing in-house supervisors and technicians is providing the necessary training. Lastly, practice makes perfect. To be truly effective, training programs should involve role-playing and simulations. Proper testing and continued revisions to the plan will pay major dividends should a real emergency arise.

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