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Flames from the largest and most destructive Southern California wildfire, known as the Thomas Fire, churned toward coastal and mountain communities northwest of Los Angeles on Thursday, December 7th, disrupting travel on a major highway and triggering more evacuations.

The six fires, driven by powerful Santa Ana winds, have now burned hundreds of thousands of acres. More than 100 homes have been destroyed or damaged, and at least 330,000 people have been evacuated.

A fire text alert that went out at 6PM Thursday night was sent to 12 million Southern Californians in seven counties was the widest ever issued by the state Office of Emergency Services.

Critical conditions are expected to continue throughout this weekend with red warning flags in effect in several counties issuing more families to evacuate and also neighboring parts of Arizona to be aware of conditions.

A catastrophe is just that an event causing great and often sudden damage or suffering. This event is unplanned, unexpected, and can cause an immediate and continuous impact on those around it.

Even though we can’t always predict when or how these events will happen, we can have a preventive plan in place to help protect families, facilities, homes, buildings, employees, etc. to the best of our abilities.

Below are few ways a preventive method can help us battle these catastrophes.

CMMS Systems can Accelerate Disaster Response Times

In many situations, oil and gas maintenance managers have some warning before a flood or fire breaks out and the impact it will take on their assets. However, in terms of a natural disaster this is something maintenance managers can prep for and when a catastrophe does happen have the plan in place to execute to the best of their ability.

A CMMS solution will provide management with the tools they need to quickly access what work needs to be completed.

A CMMS system can help with challenges like natural disasters because when implemented properly it will do the following:

  • Automate work management processes – Work request and work orders reduce the amount of time consumed completing paper work and giving maintenance crews more time to accomplish their tasks.
  • Schedule inspections, preventive maintenance, and repairs – Completing these items on a proactive basis transforms maintenance from a reactive approach to a proactive one.
  • Record the results of all work – Recording work allows a complete work history file on each asset enabling more effective maintenance planning for your engineers and managers.

Work History is Priceless

As mentioned above, a CMMS records all work history for assets so that asset managers always know the condition of assets at any point in time; this comes in handy when/should a catastrophe occur and allegations of asset neglect are made. This system protects your company legally and keeps your employees safe.