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Preventing Damage and Loss Due to Extreme Weather

September 25, 2020 6:39 AM | Andy Murray (Administrator)

This article is brought to you by BOMA/Suburban Chicago's Emergency Preparedness Committee

Written By: Sara Baker, Business Development Manager, American Technologies, Inc.

Recently our attention has been dominated by the reporting of an ever-increasing number of hurricane related disasters along the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts and the historic increase of wildfires burning along the West Coast. However, it’s good to remember that the Midwest is no stranger to extreme weather conditions itself. Those living in Illinois and the surrounding states have dealt with tornados, high winds, hail, ice storms, blizzards, and more for as long as humans have lived here.

Although many of us in the Chicagoland area tend to tough out the winter storms with a shrug and a bad joke like: “Hey, cold enough for ya, yet?,” the Midwest extreme weather events take their toll on buildings and the systems their operators have in place to protect the people who occupy them.

As we approach the winter months following typical (and increasing atypical) storms, and with “business as usual” upended by the pandemic, it’s more important than ever for building owners and operators to properly plan for extreme weather events.

The good news is that CRE members don’t have to work in a vacuum when it comes to planning ahead. There are several, science-based disaster recovery firms that CRE members can partner with to implement new technologies in advance of weather events that help to mitigate future damage and losses.

For example, prior to catastrophic weather-related disasters, companies like Indoor Reality are employing 3-D scanning technology, to photograph and measure data for up to 200,000 square feet of a building’s interior space per day. The result is interactive and dynamic interior 3-D and 2-D models that establish every detail of that space and allow operators to take preventative actions where needed.

When there is a catastrophic storm, recent innovations such as drone, thermal imaging, and artificial intelligence technologies are now being deployed to accurately measure structure integrity while safely documenting any damages. The data outputs include moisture readings inside of structures and thermal differences in the exterior envelope of a structure to assist in damage assessments.

Whether it’s a blizzard, a flood, a fire, or some other disaster, being prepared greatly helps to reduce the size of your property damage or loss and is vital for protecting the lives of your most important assets; the people who occupy your properties.  


To learn more about disaster preparedness for your property, please email: [email protected]

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