As I’m writing this post, I’m stuck inside, surrounded by ice and snow. In many places, that wouldn’t be a big deal.
But in this little corner of the Pacific Northwest, this type of storm means local cities, counties, and utilities are running their emergency command centers, trying to keep up with the huge demand for urgent services. From tree damage to power outages to car crashes, it’s very stressful out there right now for first responders and key personnel.
During times like these, maintenance crews kick into high gear. While you can’t always predict an emergency, preparation is vital. And for maintenance departments, a proactive maintenance strategy pays off when the pressure is on.
A Proactive Maintenance Strategy Helps You Prepare
Let’s look at a few examples of proactive maintenance strategies from MPulse customers across the region:
- Emergency vehicles (police cars, fire trucks, ambulances, etc.) need to be fitted with chains and/or snow tires. Thanks to CMMS software, city employees know exactly what vehicle needs what type of traction device, what's in stock, and where to procure more at a glance—saving a lot of time when there’s 50‒100 vehicles waiting in the fleet yard.
- Downed trees mean road crews need to be prepared with chain saws, bucket trucks, backhoes, dump trucks, and other equipment to clear roads. Preventive maintenance tasks scheduled with MPulse’s preventative maintenance software means equipment is ready to go when they are.
- Medical facilities are seeing more emergency visits, particularly from car crashes. Inspections scheduled with preventative maintenance software help make sure medical equipment performs as expected, making a difference when someone’s life is on the line.
- Businesses everywhere are dealing with building management challenges—from HVAC repairs to roof damage to safety hazards from ice and snow. Thanks to MPulse, our customers’ facility maintenance teams know what needs to be done, who to call, and where to find supplies.
- Local utilities are using every resource available to them, including bringing in folks from other parts of the country, to keep up with power outages and other service interruptions. With preventative maintenance software, they can track costs and work assignments for those outside agencies. Plus, quick access to employee, contractor, and vendor information in CMMS software makes it easier to find the right people quickly.
CMMS Software Pays Off
These examples have one thing in common—they are great examples of how a proactive maintenance strategy makes a difference when the pressure is on. Here’s where using preventative maintenance software pays off in safety, response time, inventory availability, labor resources, and communication.
Are you prepared for events like storms, fire, and other disasters? What can you do to improve your ability to respond to emergencies? Contact me or leave a comment below. We all benefit from being prepared.