Tag: emergency preparedness

Faces of Facilities: Linda Besetzny from R.J. O’Brien & Associates

Linda Besetzny oversees facilities management on a global scale, which poses unique challenges but offers rewarding opportunities. And with over 25 years of industry experience, she has a long list of achievements and interesting stories to share. Besetzny is the director of global facilities at R.J. O’Brien & Associates (RJO), the oldest and largest independent […]

Navigating the Permacrisis: How Facilities Managers Can Prepare for the Unexpected in 2024

Risk management for facilities managers has undergone a significant transformation in recent years. What was once centered on physical concerns like injuries, security, and equipment failures now encompasses a broader range of challenges. The evolving landscape demands a more comprehensive and adaptive approach to risk management, encompassing digital, environmental, and public health considerations to mitigate […]

UNC-Chapel Hill Students Evaluate Emergency Response to Campus Shooting

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has released a summary of findings from the campus feedback portal it created following a shooting incident that resulted in the death of a faculty member. On Aug. 28, the campus went into full lockdown after a graduate student opened fire at the school and shot and killed a […]

Under Construction: Top Facility Projects of November 2023

Facilities Management Advisor’s “Under Construction” series highlights some of the latest, most interesting facility project announcements every month. $11B Chip Factory Texas Instruments (TI) broke ground on its new 300-mm semiconductor wafer fabrication plant in Lehi, Utah. Dubbed LFAB2, the facility will connect to TI’s existing wafer fab in Lehi and ultimately help the company manufacture tens […]

Report: MSU’s Response to Mass Shooting Was ‘Appropriate, Timely, and Correct’

Michigan State University (MSU) has released an independent review of the institution’s response to the mass shooting that occurred on Feb. 13, 2023. Three students were killed and five others were injured during the tragic event. The 25-page report, prepared by Security Risk Management Consultants (SRMC), details the firm’s findings and recommendations to strengthen campus safety […]

FEMA Offering Nearly $2 Billion for Climate Resilience Projects

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced it is making $1.8 billion available for two grant programs designed to help communities increase their resilience to the impacts of climate change, including increasingly frequent and extreme weather events. Notably, the International Code Council (ICC) has praised FEMA for including a “historic investment in resilient building codes” as […]

What We Learned From… FM NOW: Emergency Preparedness

Held on Sept. 26-27, our FM NOW: Emergency Preparedness virtual summit featured information about how crucial it is to plan for various types of hazards, including natural disasters, fires, power outages, and even active shooters. If you missed any of the webinars, here’s a rundown with key takeaways and links to FREE on-demand recordings. Opening […]

What Should Be in Your Facility’s First-Aid Kit?

Facilities managers should work with building management to ensure they have adequate first-aid kits and automated external defibrillator devices (AEDs) to comply with the law and minimum safety standards and, more importantly, for the safety of facility occupants. The installation and maintenance of these units, along with associated signage, usually fall in the hands of […]

Webinar Watch: FM NOW Sessions on Emergency Preparedness

Emergency preparedness is an essential part of facilities management. To maintain operations and protect building occupants, it’s crucial to plan for various types of hazards, including natural disasters, fires, power outages, and even active shooters. On Sept. 26-27, Facilities Management Advisor‘s FM NOW: Emergency Preparedness virtual summit will offer FREE educational sessions to help you […]

DHS Expects ‘High Risk’ of Foreign and Domestic Terrorism to Continue in 2024

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the 2024 Homeland Threat Assessment (HTA), which continues to identify a high risk of foreign and domestic terrorism in 2024. The HTA provides the public and the department’s partners with a detailed report on the most pressing threats to the United States as part of the Biden administration’s ongoing […]