Category: Emergency Preparedness

UGA Details Major Security Upgrades in Wake of On-Campus Murder

When new and returning University of Georgia (UGA) students come to Athens for the fall semester, they will notice a series of highly visible initiatives to further strengthen campus security—from new signs and perimeter fencing to lighting upgrades, emergency call stations, and automated license plate readers, according to a university announcement. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors […]

Emergency Response Plan

4 Ways to Prepare for Emergency Response at Your Facility

Are you prepared if your facility experiences an emergency? Don’t risk unnecessary harm to your building or its occupants if you haven’t prioritized this important part of facilities management. When disasters and security issues occur, facilities managers need to act quickly and ensure they have effective plans to deal with emergency situations. During Facilities Management […]

Dollar General, OSHA Enter $12M Settlement Agreement over Safety Hazards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has entered into a corporate-wide settlement agreement with Dollar General and its retail subsidiaries to make significant workplace safety improvements in stores nationwide. Based in Goodlettsville, Tenn., Dollar General is a discount retailer that operates more than 19,000 stores. OSHA frequently cited the company for alleged violations such as blocked […]

U.S. Chemical Safety Board Urges Facilities to Prepare for ‘Harsh’ Hurricane Season

Hurricane Beryl was the Atlantic Ocean’s earliest Category 5 storm on record, raising concerns about a “harsh” hurricane season ahead. The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) is urging chemical companies to prepare their facilities now to avoid potential catastrophe. In May, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted an 85% chance […]

CISA and Virginia County Put School Active Shooter Protocols to the Test

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), in partnership with the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office, the Fauquier County Fire Rescue System, and Fauquier County Public Schools in Virginia, successfully conducted a full-scale active shooter/reunification exercise aimed at bolstering the safety and security of K-12 schools on June 27. The exercise was held at Kettle Run […]

Incorporating Sustainable Solutions for Facilities

As the electric grid gets more taxed, more facilities are implementing on-site solar technologies not just to help reduce the load but also to increase their sustainability. Meanwhile, some facilities need adequate battery storage during power outages and enough capacity to handle electric vehicle (EV) chargers. These issues and more were discussed during a panel […]

Amid Rise in Hate Crimes, DHS Offers More Security Grants for Religious and Nonprofit Groups

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will distribute $160 million in Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) funds as a first tranche of additional funding that the Biden administration secured to protect faith-based institutions and nonprofit organizations against targeted attacks. The announcement accompanies the DHS’s release of an amended Notice of Funding […]

Back to Basics: Workplace Heat Safety for Facilities

Back to Basics is an article series that highlights important but possibly overlooked information facilities management professionals should know.  June is National Safety Month, and in this month’s Back to Basics, we look at workplace heat safety—a major concern not only for those working outdoors but also for indoor workers in facilities with lots of heat. […]

Webinar Watch: FM NOW Sessions on Emergency Preparedness

On Wednesday, June 19, join your colleagues and expert panelists for our FM NOW: Emergency Preparedness virtual summit! This FREE event will include three back-to-back webinars covering business continuity planning, emergency responder coordination, and the importance of having mobile access to building information during an emergency. Can’t make it to the webinars? No worries! All […]

Top Tips to Prepare Your Business for the 2024 Hurricane Season

As June 1 marked the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season, businesses must revisit and reinforce their storm preparedness strategies. The looming threat of severe weather calls for thorough planning to mitigate potential disruptions. Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) anticipate an “above normal” hurricane season, projecting up to 25 named storms, 13 of […]