Hurricanes Marco and Laura are fast approaching the Gulf Coast this week and experts are calling their arrival “unprecedented” as the two storms are expected to make landfall within days of each other. As the Gulf states prepare for the storms' impact, weather experts continue to remind coastal communities that additional storms may still be on the horizon, with late September and October being the peak months for hurricane activity.
- Facility managers must also put protocols in place to ensure the least amount of downtime and promote quick recovery to affected buildings. A recent NFPA article in Facility Executive magazine, “Preparing Facilities and their Electrical Systems Ahead of Extreme Weather,” speaks to the importance of creating a site-specific disaster plan for electrical equipment in buildings.
Also, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has a free resource, “Evaluating Water-Damaged Electrical Equipment” for electrical contractors who will be called in to help with damage assessments once the waters have receded. Visit their website for additional information.
With hurricane season lasting through November, businesses in coastal regions are encouraged to take action now to ensure they are prepared for impending storms.