Preparing for a Flood at Your Business
January 31st, 2020
When it comes to preparing your business for an upcoming flood, there are a few steps you should follow s that you don't have to deal with as much damage as you would if you didn't take any precautions at all.
The first thing you need to do to prepare is to understand what flooding actually is. This way you can potentially determine just how much damage may be done as well as what measures should be taken.
There are two types of flood: a river flood and a flash flood. A river flood is when the water climbs slowly and gradually and during a flash flood, the water is much more intense and sudden.
A flood can also be caused by excessive rain, especially in areas where they are located near bodies of water like rivers, lakes, streams, and culverts.
Your Emergency Plan
You should have an emergency plan in place regardless if you think there will be flooding or not. Your emergency plan for flooding should include an evacuation route, an emergency kit, battery-powered communication devices, flashlights, non-perishable food items, water, sandbag barricades, and your protected business documents and other important information.
Always Be Flood Ready
You can't always predict when there is going to be a flood, so you always want to be prepared. To ensure that your business is flood ready, install backflow prevention valves at the most vulnerable spots around your building.
You also want to regularly clean and maintain your gutters and storm drains, inspect and replace your drain pipes as needed, and move all of your electrical equipment so it is off the floor and away from potential floodwaters.
Additionally, your building should be equipped with circuit breakers so that you can disconnect power and all fuel tanks should also be removed.
Financial Coverage for the Business
Floods, no matter how much you prepare beforehand, can still become a costly disaster for your business. Flood insurance should be in place for your business so that you are covered in the case of flood damage, inoperability, and loss of revenue. Without flood insurance in place, you may find that you can't handle the high costs of excessive damage and the loss of your most valuable assets.
Better Training for Employees
Finally, you need to make sure that your staff and everyone in the building understand the evacuation plan and emergency plan in case of a natural disaster like flooding. Everyone should be trained in the best workplace practices for both environmental and health safety reasons. OSHA has good information on occupational safety and health administration when it comes to flood preparedness and response.
If you are in a flood area and have recently experienced a flood and find yourself facing damage in your business, don't hesitate to call in the experts at Bio Star Services to help with the cleanup and restoration to get your business back to being operational as soon as possible.