There’s a common saying that goes, “expect the best, but prepare for the worst.” There are, of course, multiple variations on the phrase. But they all mean the same thing: focus on emergency management before the emergency arises. Even with the best artificial intelligence, it can be hard to predict human behavior. Moreover, no one could foretell that Covid would spread to the extent it has or that it would mutate into multiple variants. Risk analysis is one key way to future-proof your organization. So what should you do to make that a priority?
Designing Mass Notification Systems
Designing an effective mass notification system is a complex undertaking. Because it’s so complicated, it becomes even easier to make an otherwise-avoidable mistake. One way to diminish the chances of an unforeseen problem is to conduct comprehensive risk assessments. Risk analysis matters. But what should the scale of the analysis be? The answer to that question depends on the number of occupants within the building.
How Risk Analysis Has Developed
Suppose you are new to the role of facility management. That means you’ll more than likely need a primer on how risk analysis (and, by extension, how emergency management) works. The idea underpinning it isn’t a relatively new one, and it’s not only part of the NFPA 72. What is the NFPA 72? It is the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. But at its core, this endeavor hinges on forecasting problems that might not even seem like problems yet. Even so, they’re on the horizon. According to the NFPA 72, risk analysis is “a process to characterize the likelihood, vulnerability, and magnitude of incidents associated with natural, technological, and manmade disasters and other emergencies that address scenarios of concern, their probability, and their potential consequences.”
Identifying and Minimizing Potential Risks
The next crucial step of proper emergency planning and management is to identify potential risks. Once you know what you need to stop, you can begin preparations to make that happen. How can you go about this? After completing the initial risk assessment, arrange another risk analysis for the MNS as it develops. Ask for and implement feedback from the occupants and stakeholders who will be using the system once it is ready to go live. Categorize risks depending on how disruptive and catastrophic they are: high, medium, and low. After that, you can start solving logistical challenges, such as how message delivery will work.
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