7 Quick Tips for Infrastructure Management during Snow Season
When you were a kid, you probably didn’t think about infrastructure management whenever there was a chance of a snowstorm. Chances are, you wished for a big snowfall so you could get a day off from school, build snow forts with your friends and put way too many marshmallows in your hot cocoa! Now, snow storms mean something different to you: preparation.
For any maintenance organization, it’s important to know what to do both before and after a snowstorm hits your community. Check out these 7 quick tips so you can prepare your organization today:
Before the storm hits:
1. Check equipment for vulnerabilities
During a storm, the last thing you need is a leaky roof or ice damage.Check roofs and HVAC equipment to ensure protection from ice or water penetration during a snow or ice storm.
2. Anticipate damages from debris
Clear leaves and other debris from walkways, paths and drainage areas. Remove any tree limbs or debris that may damage people or property during a storm.
3. Know what you need (& make sure you have it!)
Restock any necessary snow removal supplies, like shovels and deicing supplies, before the storm hits. That way, you won’t be scrambling at the last minute for a necessity.
4. Keep your employees in-the-know
Remind your staff of your organization’s inclement weather policies and procedures. Some questions your guide should answer include:
When should employees attempt to come to work during inclement weather, and when should they remain home?
Which employees are essential?
What should you do in the case of a power outage?
Which vendors need to be contacted during bad weather?
After the storm hits:
5. Clear snow and debris
Even after a snow storm, people need to leave the safety and warm of their houses to get to work or to a relative’s house. Clear snow from walkways and paths as soon as it is safely possible.
6. Don’t get in the way of snowplows
Keep company and employee vehicles and other assets out of the way of municipal snowplows. Check snow plow routes so you know where it is okay to park a vehicle or asset and where it isn’t.
7. Make sure your employees are safe
Snow storms can leave people without electricity, heat and transportation. Check in with your employees to make sure they’re safe, and be ready to offer a helping hand if necessary.
While snow storms as a maintenance manager aren’t as carefree as snowstorms as a kid, they can teach you important lessons on snow preparation and infrastructure management.
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