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It Pays to Be Prepared


You need to plan for the worst and hope for the best, says Massey Disaster Planning's Curtis Massey, who headlined a session on next-generation life safety technology. You don't want a situation like post-Hurricane Sandy, where some office buildings were out of service for months. Whether terror, weather or fire, have a plan for your building; he recalled a Dallas fire where the building engineer, who'd been confident he knew where every standpipe and shutoff was located, drew a blank once the alarms started sounding. However, Curtis had drawn up a fire plan for the building previously, and they were able to direct emergency personnel to where they needed to go. "Can your building staff operate and deliver intelligence under pressure?" he asked.