In the wake of destructive hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria, Houston-based IFMA is inviting professionals to learn about emergency planning and business continuity at its flagship event, the World Workplace Conference and Expo, to be held in Houston, Texas, USA, on Oct. 18-20. Presented in collaboration with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), this year’s conference theme is, “We are FM: A Universe of Possibilities.”

The statistics are shocking: 43 percent of businesses that close their doors following a natural disaster never re-open, yet 81 percent of the organizations IFMA surveyed did not have an up-to-date emergency preparedness and business continuity plan. As the largest and best-recognized professional association for FM professionals, IFMA polls members around the world to identify key competency areas and then builds educational curricula around them. One such competency area is emergency preparedness and business continuity — the ability to plan for emergencies before they hit and to recover quickly after. Read More…