Emergency planning and preparation encompasses a host of essential issues for maintenance and engineering departments, from first-response duties and staffing to worker safety and communication. One goal of the entire process, of course, is to return the facility to operation as soon as possible.

Perhaps the most important component of any emergency response plan in achieving this goal is restoring a safe, reliable supply of electricity that supports recovery efforts and equipment, as well as to powers key facility systems and equipment.

For these reasons, managers need to spend time during the planning phase ensuring that the facility either owns or has access to power-generation equipment — generators and uninterruptible power supplies — well before an emergency occurs. Unfortunately, too many facilities do not have such plans in place.

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