Tag: natural disasters

What’s Ahead for the 2024 Hurricane Season?

Hurricanes can cause major property damage and interrupt business operations. So, how many of these potentially dangerous storms should facilities managers expect (and prepare for) this year? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced its outlook for the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season, which spans from June 1 to Nov. 30. The agency predicts a high […]

How to Improve Business Continuity Through Employee Disaster Preparedness

Natural disasters are increasing in frequency and intensity, and areas that haven’t experienced disaster events in the past are now facing unprecedented levels of risk. In 2023 alone, the U.S. experienced a staggering 28 separate disaster events, each costing at least $1 billion in damage. This trend is expected to continue with record-setting wildfires, extreme […]

Emergency Preparedness for Climate Disasters: Overcoming Hurdles in Schools

Editor’s note: FM Perspectives are industry op-eds. The views expressed are the authors’ and do not necessarily reflect those of Facilities Management Advisor. Spring has arrived in much of the United States: flowers are budding, and frosty mornings are giving way to longer, sunnier days. With these changes comes another, less-welcome seasonal threat: wildfires, which produce excessive […]

Under Construction: Top Facility Projects of December 2023

Facilities Management Advisor’s “Under Construction” series highlights some of the latest, most interesting facility project announcements every month. Ravens Renovation The NFL’s Baltimore Ravens have unveiled a multiphase, three-year plan to upgrade M&T Bank Stadium. The projects aim to boost the fan experience and modernize the team’s 25-year-old home stadium. Featuring both in-season and off-season work […]

Extreme Weather Events Likely to Accelerate Corporate Sustainability

More than six in 10 organizations globally (62%) say recent wildfires, floods, and storms during 2023 will have a material impact on their environmental initiatives, according to the fifth edition of Honeywell’s Environmental Sustainability Index (ESI.) Another 45% admit the extreme heat will have or has already had a material effect on their near-term plans. Compiled […]

How Facilities and Security Can Work Together for Emergency Preparedness

Information bottlenecks can be especially problematic for both security and facilities management professionals, who need to work together to respond to emergencies. During Facilities Management Advisor’s FM Now: Emergency Preparedness virtual summit, guest speaker David Trask, National Director from session sponsor ARC Facilities, gave a presentation on September 26. The presentation was given during an […]

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 […]

DOE Offering $400M for States to Update Building Energy Codes

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released program guidance and opened applications for $400 million in formula funding to states and territories for adopting and implementing building energy codes that reduce utility bills, increase efficiency, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and make buildings more resilient to climate disasters. “A transition to a clean energy economy […]

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 […]