6B — March 29 - April 11, 2019 — POA Expo 2019 — Owners, Developers & Managers — M id A tlantic

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POA/Expo 2019

By Bob Kilroy, Jewel Electric Supply Facility First Aid


ot so long ago, many communities in New Jersey were devas-

out power for seven days while some went weeks before power could be restored. One could only imagine the demand for batteries, generators and any other self-powered light sources those outages caused. People simply just not prepared for the aftermath of a severe storm like Sandy. Individuals, homeown- ers and businesses scrambled to find solutions that would get their lives and properties back on track. There was hardly anyone in New Jersey or the surrounding area who was not touched by the effects of this Hurricane. So here we are six years later

occasionally facing horrific rain storm conditions and flash flood warnings and what have we learned? How do you prepare differently today than you did pre-Sandy? What precautions and preventive maintenance procedures have been put in place? One of the items I suggest as a must have is what I referred to as “The First-Aid Kit for the Facility”. A go bag stocked with tools and safety equipment needed to properly assess, re- pair or lockout any equipment or device that has been exposed to water or other hazardous or questionable conditions. Hav-

ing the proper tools on hand to evaluate a situation can save the facility or the homeowner from paying high emergency response labor cost. The “Facility-First-Aid Kit” should also include items such as replacement fuses, tapes, contact cleaners, compressed air as well as some other items specific to your facility. I re- member my time in the scouts, we had a saying; “If it moves and it shouldn’t; Duct-tape it. If it doesn’t move and should; Lubricate it”. Well that holds true for your Facility First- Aid Kit as well, don’t forget to include Duct-tape and WD-40.

Electrical equipment exposed to water can be extremely haz- ardous if reenergized without proper reconditioning or re- placement. Reductions in the integrity of electrical equip- ment due to moisture can affect the ability of the equipment to perform its intended function. Damage to electrical equipment can result from flood waters contaminated with chemicals, sewerage, oil or other debris which can affect the integrity and performance of the equip- ment. Ocean waters and salt spray can be particularly dam- aging due to the corrosive and conductive nature of the salt water residue. Over the last few years many new products have entered the market place that would have been beneficial to many who were affected by Sandy’s rapt. A large selection of solar powered lighting products have been introduces. Fixtures that can be mounted and powered by nothing more than the sun yet offering both motion sensing as well as dusk to dawn. Stop by the Jewel Electric Booth while visiting the show to see some of these products first hand. Battery powered cellphone charges have also become quite popular and now more read- ily available than ever before. Reach out today ask us for recommendations of products that are available to help you be prepared. We are ready to help you create your Facility First-Aid Kit so that you can be proactive rather than reactive when the next storm arrives. Bob Kilroy is executive director of operations at Jewel Electric Supply.  BarkanManagement Company promotes Flannigan to senior portfolio manager PROVIDENCE, RI — Bar- kan Management Co. has promoted Sarah Flannigan, CMCA, AMS, PCAM , to se- nior portfolio manager. This is not Flannigan’s only notable recent achievement: in 2018, she achieved Professional Community Association Manager designation. “For the last eight years, Sarah has been Barkan’s an- chor in our Providence office and, during that time, our RI portfolio has grown signifi- cantly,” said Bill DiSchin o, president and CEO of Barkan Management Co. 

tated by Hur- ricane Sandy. Sandy , the most intense storm of that y e a r made land fall in New Jersey on Oc tober 29th causing

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unimaginable damages. More than 350,000 homes were dam- aged or destroyed and over two million households lost power as a result of the storm. The average household was with-

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