Before the flood

March 13th, 2015 by admin

Floods can cause devastating damage but  being prepared can help you prevent your business from being washed away!

 

• Establish a Business Continuity Management (BCM) Plan that takes prevention, emergency response and disaster recovery into consideration. Don’t forget to update it as needed for flood readiness.

• Designate a BCM coordinator and a BCM team. Assign responsibility to specific employees for advance arrangements and flood emergency response, including removal of stock and equipment.

• Practice your evacuation plan. Ensure that all employees know the safest route to high, safe ground.

• Participate in flood plain management. Many communities have programs of preventive and corrective measures for reducing future flood damage. These measures include zoning, subdivision, building requirements, or special-purpose flood plain ordinances.

• Keep a list of all vendors’ and key customers’ telephone numbers and other important contact information available and secured.

• Keep insurance information and contact names and numbers in a safe place. This information will expedite the claim process in the event of a loss.

• Try to control the flow and direction of water around critical areas of your operation. Direct water underground or to areas away from the building. Your local flood control district, government association, or contractor can provide assistance with erecting retaining walls and diverting water flow.

• Install a sump pump; have a backup available in case the main pump fails.

• Make sure window wells at ground level are watertight. Window covers that can be bolted in place are most effective in keeping water out.

• Keep emergency equipment (such as portable radios and flashlights) in working order. Portable, battery-powered radios are essential in an emergency. Tune in to local stations and follow emergency instructions.

• Keep materials on hand that will help prevent water damage. Materials such as sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting, and lumber can be used to protect property.

• Do not pile sandbags too close to the walls of the building. Wet bags can exert excess pressure on the foundation, resulting in significant structural damage.

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