Is your Facility Prepared For 2017 Hurricane Season?

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Now that we are in the thick of hurricane season, June 1st running through November 30th, we are starting to see the damaging affects of severe storms and tropical weather at facilities across the country. How prepared is your facility? Did you consider your facility roof when scheduling preventative maintenance for 2017?

In this article we will outline what exactly classifies as a hurricane, what severe weather to expect in 2017 and how you can prepare your facility’s roof to avoid costly damages before it is too late.

WHAT CONSTITUES A HURRICANE?

A hurricane is characterized as a storm with violent winds, particularly a tropical cyclone. The National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) describes a hurricane as a storm that reaches sustained winds of 74 mph. Each hurricane is categorized on a scale of 1-5 based on the hurricane’s maximum sustained winds. The higher the number, the greater the potential for property damage.

As a facility manager, or part of the procurement team involved in disaster recovery spend, these unexpected expenses are particularly relevant. If your facility has been maintaining a stringent focus on your preventative maintenance calendar, then you are less at risk for these severe and expensive repairs. If you have not been, you could be placing your facility at risk for emergency repairs, interior damage and shorter roof life expectancy. The experts at CentiMark have calculated that every dollar spent on preventative maintenance saves an estimated five dollars through mitigation of the aforementioned risks.

HURRICANE SEASON 2017

You may be wondering what exactly is in store for your facility this hurricane season. According to the latest forecasts released by Colorado State University, NOAA and The Weather Company, the 2017 hurricane season is forecasted to be more active than historical averages with regard to the number of named storms. The predicted forecast exceeds our 30-year average in multiple statistics.

The Weather Company is expecting 14 named storms, seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes this season. These numbers have increased since initial predictions for 2017 were made. There is an expectation among the experts that this number could continue to escalate even higher as the year progresses.

NOAA forecasters have agreed with The Weather Company’s predictions of an above average season, noting a 45% chance of an above-normal season.

HURRICANE PREP FOR YOUR FACILITY

What can you do to prepare your facility and protect your investment? The experts at CentiMark prepared a quick 5-point preparation list for facility managers to conduct.

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While your roof is designed to withstand the elements, no roof is 100% immune to the damages of microbursts, heavy winds or hurricanes. Even roofs that are properly designed and installed can become damaged in a severe storm due to flying debris, pressure and wind uplift. Preventative maintenance is the best way to prepare your roof and can potentially save you thousands of dollars in future repairs.

As part of the procurement team, ensuring all of your facility managers are conducting proper preventative maintenance and equipping each location for hurricane and severe weather season is vital to your spend management efforts.

INSPECT YOUR INVESTMENT

We are already in the throws of hurricane season so do not delay in setting up a complimentary inspection of your facility roof. No matter the type of roof on your facility, you can mitigate risk and save thousands in emergency costs and repairs through a very simple and easy inspection as part of your Corporate United Roofing Asset Management program.

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There are best practice preventative measures your facility manager should be taking each month, not only in hurricane season. Make sure your facility manager is following the calendar and pass this information to them.


Matt Narens: Manager, Category Development at Corporate United
In his role at Corporate United Matt works with both CU members and supplier partners to ensure that the programs he manages are delivering maximum value. This includes everything from commercializing new offerings to conducting category lifecycle and supplier relationship management. His efforts are focused on minimizing the administrative burden and reducing the total cost of ownership related to indirect spend for Corporate United members. They also include aligning strategies with Corporate United’s supplier partners in order to best meet the needs of the market.