Do you know what to do if a severe storm damages your facility? Every minute counts
after a natural disaster. This six-step
checklist by emergency repair provider
Cintas can help you minimize post-storm downtime.
6 Steps to Severe Storm Recovery
LIMIT DOWNTIME WITH THIS POST-STORM CLEANUP CHECKLIST
Urban Land Institute Aims to Improve Resilience
COLLABORATION WITH 100 RESILIENT CITIES INTENDED TO IMPROVE PREPARATION FOR CLIMATE CRISES
■;Be aware of safety hazards. Loose
debris and shock hazards are not
uncommon after a severe storm
event. Make sure employees know
ahead of time how to shut off electricity in storm-affected areas. Even if
electricity is down, it may be restored
without notice, so take precautions
■;Review your emergency preparedness plan. You should already have
a preparedness plan with up-to-date
contact information for emergency
repair providers and instructions and
checklists for emergency situations.
Review emergency procedures during
regular staff meetings to make sure
employees know how to get help
during a crisis and minimize panic
during an emergency.
■;Inspect exterior glass and doors.
Glass exteriors are two of the most
important items to assess after a
storm as they usually take the brunt
With the goal of enacting resilience strategies across the world, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) has announced a partnership with 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by
the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) as a part of their Platform
of Partners. The partners provide cities with tools to prepare
for, endure and come back from events like hurricanes, fires and
floods, as well as ongoing issues like water shortages.
“In an increasingly complex and challenging world, cities need
Through these programs, ULI helps
partnerships with organizations such as ULI to withstand the
shocks and stresses of the 21st century,” says Michael Berkowitz,
President of 100RC. “By providing advisory services to our
network cities, ULI is leading by
example and is helping to build a
global resilience movement.”
As a partner with 100RC, ULI
will provide resilience guidance
with its Advisory Services program
and Technical Assistance panels.
with community building practices
that preserve the environment, improve economic prosperity and
promote better quality of life.
“We are excited to be a 100RC partner, as the goals of the pro-
■;Financial and logistical support for establishing a new position in
gram align well with ULI’s efforts to improve community building
worldwide,” says ULI Global Chief Executive Officer Patrick L.
Phillips. “ULI has an 80-year track record of helping cities rein-
vent themselves to be more resilient, livable and successful, and
we look forward to bringing the institute’s tradition of knowledge
sharing to the program.”
Cities in the 100RC network receive four types of support:
city government (e.g. Chief Resilience Officer) to lead resilience
■;Technical support for a resilience strategy
■ Access to solutions and resources to help develop and
implement resilience strategies
■ Global network of peers to help each other and provide
To learn more about 100RC, visit www.100ResilientCities.org.
of severe weather. Check the condition of handles, locks and weather
stripping. Even small-scale damage
like scratches, moisture buildup or
hairline fractures can easily escalate
into bigger problems and create
hazards for employees and visitors.
■;Check the water lines. Flood-damaged facilities often suffer from
plumbing backflow, pipe blockages
and clogs. Avoid drain line backups
and keep sewage out of your building by bringing in a professional to
extract and jet the pipes after the
■;Disinfect surfaces. Remove anything
that has been contaminated by
flood water and thoroughly disinfect
all surfaces. Be careful when removing contaminated materials – it’s
easy to spread contaminants to
■;Deep clean the floor. Any floor
that has been affected by flood
water needs to be deep cleaned,
regardless of what kind of floor it is.
Minimize bacteria and mold growth
with cleaning chemicals, adequate
dwell time and high-pressure steam.