Consider the safety and personal needs of your employees:
Once the event occurred, many of the employees had to deal with their own personal needs. This included medical, food and water issueshave a plan in place to address these necessities. For example, within three days of Sandy, FEMA ran out of water and had to wait several days for it to be shipped in. In addition, a number of hospitals in the disaster area had to be evacuated.
Have enough generating power to meet long-term needs:
Identifying your facility's critical loads is important. Understand the costs and risks associated with utility power interruptions, production losses and downtime. Plan for outages of a few seconds to extended outages of one to two weeks. While other back-up electrical supply alternatives may exist, they can often take longer to engage and have shorter supply capabilities, have higher costs, lower reliability or no reasonable refueling options during an event. With Sandy the outage was so extensive that facilities had to be evacuated.
Have sufficient fuel storage:
Diesel fuel's energy density and the engine's high efficiency allow for smaller fuel storage facilities compared to other fuels, which saves owners money. Still, it is important to make sure that you have sufficient fuel storage capacity on-site for an extended outage of several days, and contingencies for refueling during serious outages.