2017: A Year in Review

1 2017: A Year in Review This record-breaking year has only reiterated the need to be prepared. It’s been quite a year for natural and man-made disasters in this country: the costliest wildfire season in US history, three Category 4 hurricanes, and the worst mass shooting in US history to …

Building Evacuations: What You Need to Know

1 Building Evacuations: What You Need to Know The last in our 3-part series on the core emergency response procedures, this post focuses on building evacuations.  Background While full building evacuations are the norm for low-rise and many mid-rise properties, they are rare in high-rises, and for good reason.  As …

Internal Relocation: What You Need to Know

1 Internal Relocation: What You Need to Know What is Internal Relocation? Internal relocation is the most common of the three core response procedures in high-rise buildings.  The standard response in a fire alarm activation, internal relocation involves moving occupants from floors near an incident to a safer floor below.  …

Shelter in Place: What You Should Know

1 Shelter in Place: What You Should Know The basics One of the major changes in emergency preparedness over the past 15 years has been the growing importance of shelter in place.  While those in earthquake and tornado country have long relocated to more protected areas inside a building, in …

Post-Earthquake Building Safety Inspection

1 Post-Earthquake Building Safety Inspection With the Great ShakeOut approaching on October 19, in addition to holding an earthquake drill, building and facility teams may want to consider practicing their post-earthquake safety check procedures. Because the default response to an earthquake is for office building occupants to shelter in place, …

How to Conduct an Earthquake Drill

1 How to Conduct an Earthquake Drill With The Great Shakeout quickly approaching, many buildings and organizations are considering holding an earthquake drill. But what does that involve? When planning a drill, first determine how extensive you’d like it to be.  Will it only include your organization or the entire …

Helpful Resources for your Emergency Response Plan

1 Helpful Resources for your Emergency Response Plan With September being National Preparedness Month, and with so many recent disasters fresh in our minds, we thought compiling a list of good planning resources would help property/facility teams ensure their emergency response plans are up to all the challenges. For individuals …

How To Create An Emergency Response Plan

1 How To Create An Emergency Response Plan In preparation for National Preparedness Month, happening in September, we will be publishing a series of articles sharing tips for businesses and buildings to create and implement a successful emergency response plan. Whether you’re preparing your first or updating an existing emergency …

We Are All First Responders

1 We Are All First Responders As our thoughts and prayers go out to those struggling to recover from Hurricane Harvey’s destruction, as we watch images of neighbors helping neighbors, we are reminded of a central truth in emergency preparedness: when we have an isolated emergency at our building, help …

10 Things to Include in Your Emergency Response Plan

1 10 Things to Include in Your Emergency Response Plan In preparation for National Preparedness Month, happening in September, we will be publishing a series of articles sharing tips and tricks for businesses and buildings to create and implement a successful emergency response plan. If you’re a building owner, property …