HOW FORTRESS MINIMIZES THE RISK OF BUSINESS DISRUPTION AND PROVIDES CONSISTENT PROTECTION FOR CRITICAL EQUIPMENT
While FORTRESS Building was designed for an efficient and protected workspace for personnel, it can also be used to protect critical equipment and key infrastructure.
Every business expects smooth operation and minimal disruption. But as the saying goes, it’s wise to “hope for the best and plan for the worst”. For many facilities and organizations, a single business disruption event, such as an accident or targeted attack, can have long-term ramifications.
These disruptions are often compounded by damaged or destroyed critical equipment. Protecting equipment, assets and key infrastructure is essential to reduce the risk of business interruptions and ensure the continuation of services or production for customers and consumers.
Every company has critical equipment or key infrastructure. For example, a telecommunications company may have data centers or server networks that service its operations for most (or all) local users or entire regions. A manufacturing plant may have a central equipment center where safety systems or unit controls are housed or where critical equipment is stored.
But the centralization of key assets and equipment means they are particularly vulnerable to a single dangerous incident. Fire, debris/impact, explosion, or debris/impact can damage or destroy critical equipment for an organization, crippling its ability to continue operations or recover effectively.
Alternatively, a control center of an industrial plant may be damaged in an accident. Damage to basic controls or systems can lead to an uncontrollable spiral of other hazards if their mitigation is affected by these systems.
Overall, the protection of critical equipment is essential for:
- Companies do not lose most or all of their most valuable assets/infrastructure in an event
- Organizations can recover from accidents faster
- Accidents do not become more dangerous due to containment/control issues
Failure to protect critical equipment typically means major business disruptions including unfulfilled orders, canceled contracts, etc., in addition to operational impacts. According to Allianz’s Risk Barometer report, business interruption is expected to be one of the most significant global business risks for 2022. Other major business risks predicted include cyber risks, natural disasters and climate change.
LONG-TERM RAMIFICATIONS OF INDUSTRIAL ON-SITE DAMAGES
Protecting critical equipment in an industrial environment is not only important for safety and short-term recovery. It is also vital for organizational health and long-term financial stability. For example, if a single accident knocks out a company’s main facility for months, it could have negative financial repercussions for months or even years after the event.
It takes time to recover from an industrial incident. But protecting key equipment and infrastructure means recovery time is often dramatically shortened and organizations can more easily recover financially and logistically.
The best way to protect critical equipment and infrastructure is to choose a FORTRESS. Each FORTRESS is more than a durable protective building. FORTERESS protection buildings are:
- Resistant to the major hazards of industrial sites, including blast loads, thermal loads from fires and explosions, toxic exhaust gases, fragmentation damage and extreme weather hazards. Each FORTRESS building has 8-inch reinforced concrete walls, roofs and foundations.
- Fully customizable with flexible interior design options. These options allow organizations to select FORTRESSES that meet their critical needs for equipment storage and worker comfort.
- Installed quickly and efficiently. Most FORTRESS protective buildings are ready for use in less than six months.
These safety benefits not only contribute to operational safety. They can also improve the facility’s property insurance. By taking proactive steps to prevent property damage, additional business interruption, and property loss, you can set your business up for success and minimize disruption from future hazardous events.
FORTRESS protective buildings are ideal choices for the protection of critical equipment. Their concrete walls provide excellent resistance to most major hazards and due to minimal wall displacement (i.e. the walls do not “flex” and damage equipment), a FORTRESS can prevent vital equipment from being damaged or destroyed, even in the event of a targeted attack or major accident.
EXAMPLE OF BUSINESS INTERRUPTION RISK
A December 25, 2020 bombing outside an AT&T regional network hub in downtown Nashville provides a sobering example of the importance of protecting critical equipment. Immediately after the incident, communications throughout the Nashville area and beyond were severely disrupted.
Not only were business operations interrupted or halted, but communications for emergency services were hampered. Damage was first characterized by an explosion, followed by fire and flood hazards that damaged backup generators and prevented secondary batteries from maintaining AT&T’s networks.
AT&T’s critical infrastructure and equipment was not protected by a building like a FORTRESS. Combined with the lack of redundant infrastructure, this flaw led to significant outages and service issues for weeks after the attack.
But this type of equipment vulnerability is not unique to AT&T or the incident above. The modern world is more interconnected and dependent on telecommunications services, data centers, 5G network centers and similar infrastructure than ever before.
Therefore, organizations must set up durable and reliable protective buildings, such as FORTRESSES, for their critical equipment. Given that an incident can leave an entity as large as AT&T reeling across multiple states, it’s clear that no company can afford to leave its equipment vulnerable.