Not all hazards and emergencies are preventable. Building managers have no ability to stop natural disasters, severe weather, and other catastrophic events. However, the negative effects and damage of those events can be eliminated or greatly reduced with a comprehensive prevention plan.
Other emergencies, such as accidents, security breaches, theft, fires, acts of crime or terrorism can be prevented with a strategy centering on awareness and deterrence to prevent criminal activity. Mechanical failures, unsafe conditions and physical hazards can be reduced or eliminated with a preventative maintenance program.
Preventing emergencies is a concern for building operators, but good preventative measures involve every employee and occupant of a building. Basic training, clear instructions, thoughtful policies and regular drills for all employees and tenants will reduce the possibility of a disaster, or will minimize loss of an unavoidable emergency.