As we continue to watch the 2017 hurricane season unfurl, it’s easy to see the impact and devastation that can occur in vulnerable areas. The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season broke into the top 10 all-time most active seasons and has matched the record number of Category 5 hurricanes (set in 2005) as of September this year. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria have caused massive infrastructure damage that will take years for recovery. Members of the JDM team were affected by both Irma and Maria in the U.S. Virgin Islands, giving us first-hand knowledge of what it takes to prepare and weather these extreme events. It is becoming apparent that as the frequency and strength of storms continue to grow, property vulnerability becomes more of a concern and disaster preparedness a necessity.
“Resilience” may seem like a buzzword right now, but this does not detract from its importance. Your ability to withstand and bounce back from the effects of natural disasters can be a make-or-break proposition if you are located in coastal cities, flood zones, or other susceptible areas. Property damage isn’t the only risk to consider; commercial buildings also face a market risk of tarnishing the perception that your property is a safe and reliable place to work, live, or play. Resilience doesn’t just mean physically making it through the storm, but positioning your building to quickly and cost-effectively return to normal.
Here are a few tips for building operators: