This article discusses the value of a CMMS generated checklist for airport storm management.

CMMS Storm Checklist for Airports

Each year severe storms during all seasons pummel airports around the country. Storms can cause anything from minor flight delays to the demolishment of planes or other assets in the path of high winds. How airport maintenance prepares, reacts and cleans up after a storm can be the difference between a few missed flights and millions in damages.

Preparing and Reacting to Storms

Some storms like hurricanes provide airports with ample notice to relocate planes, secure hangers or shut off fuel valves but other storms caused by weather front movement may or may not give much warning before striking. These storms often produce gusty high winds or small tornados. Airport managers may only have a few minutes if any to prepare.

Reduce Damage with a CMMS Checklist

A great way to reduce storm damage is to have a computerized maintenance checklist ready to be worked on at a moment’s notice. The prioritized checklist can be distributed to maintenance staff and should cover all major areas such as fuel supplies, plane tie-downs, hangar closings, fleet vehicles, power generators etc.

The airport storm checklist is then given to the appropriate maintenance team member on their handheld devices so there are no worries about lost paper. Essentially the checklist is a form of inspection. Each asset has a series of customizable questions such as:

  • Is (asset name) secured?
  • Are fuel valves shut off?
  • Have all windows and doors been closed?
  • Is emergency equipment working?
  • Is emergency lighting ready?

Results of the inspections are recorded on the handheld devices and sent back to the main office for review. Using a CMMS checklist gives maintenance teams the organization they need to perform checks quickly.

Reacting to a Storm with a CMMS Checklist

Storm preparation is only part of the war. The second battle happens when the storm arrives. For the most severe situations such as a hurricane only a skeleton crew may be on site. This crew is responsible for monitoring or checking on critical assets.

Their checklist is limited to assets that may require immediate emergency attention like a fuel leak, missing roof or water entering the building. Inspection results are sent back to airport managers and/or the proper emergency departments using mobile handheld devices.

Using a CMMS Checklist after the Storm

The final use of a storm checklist comes after the storm has passed. Assets are again inspected for damage. Results are compared to the pre-storm checklist and work requests are completed for differences.

Using a CMMS checklist immediately after a storm ensures that all damage is uncovered and work order priorities can be set to get the airport up and running as fast as possible.