As we sit in our buildings throughout the region, we’d like to think that we’re protected from emergencies by our sprinkler systems, electronic alarm systems and staff. However, much as we don’t want to think about it, an emergency situation can happen, and your building should be prepared.

Taking a few steps now can help you manage an emergency, should the situation arise.

You will need to have a written plan on hand in the event of fires, floods, earthquakes, blizzards, and any other unforeseen emergencies. Here are a few suggestions of items which should be addressed in your emergency plan.

Plan for No Power

  • The emergency generator should be tied to all life safety and security equipment first. Any left over capacity can be tied to server and other important equipment related to your business activities.
  • Generator should be run and tested weekly and should be on a quarterly service contract with a generator service vendor.
  • Generator fuel levels should be checked weekly and re-filled if it drops below 70% capacity.

Summer Storm Preparations

  • As you enter summer months, your building should: be equipped with the necessary tools to remove down trees and branches.
  • Have the capability to manually turn off electricity and plumbing.
  • Have equipment on hand to secure broken doors and windows from possible flying objects.
  • Landscaping contracts should include a cleanup option to assist in cleaning up brush and debris after a storm.
  • Be sure to have staff in place and available to clear all pedestrian areas immediately after a storm as necessary.

Staffing Property During an Emergency

  • Dedicated staff should stay centrally located between facilities for quick reaction as needed.
  • Property Managers should be on call and available at all times

Emergency Vendors

A list of all emergency vendors should be maintained and readily available for all locations. Possible suggestions include:

  • Fire Department
  • Utility company\
  • Landscaping companies
  • Electricians
  • Plumber

For more information on what should be in your property’s emergency plan, please contact Charlotte Cassell at