From the wildfires in California to hurricanes in the Gulf, natural disasters are a significant concern for businesses as well as residents. What do you do when your entire plan room and paper records are ruined by flooding or reduced to ash by fire? In a best-case scenario situation, you might be able to get back up and running in months, but the reality is that disaster recovery rarely happens that quickly, and most businesses simply never recover.
But technological innovations are changing this reality, reducing and even eliminating the risk of catastrophic loss if a natural disaster affects your building.
Smart CSM is a cloud-based software for facility management, putting the building’s entire electrical and systems infrastructure into a digital plan room. FMs and technicians can access their data from anywhere, using their smartphone or tablet. With your plan room in the cloud, you will be protecting your data and your business from the aftermath of natural disasters, getting your business back up and running.
The digital plan room can also support disaster relief in the days when it matters most; immediately after the disaster occurs. The highly organized and analytical data contained in a digital plan room can help facilitate disaster response efforts in minutes not hours or days.
For example, Burt Gumeringer, Vice President of Facilities Operations at the Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston was able to collaborate with local restaurants to feed displaced victims of Hurricane Harvey last year. This was an immense effort that wouldn’t have been possible with a disorganized plan room based on paper records. The optimization and efficiency of a digital plan room facilitates greater success for FMs as they respond to the aftermath of a disaster.