Flash Flood Preparation For Businesses
How To Prepare Your Business For A Flash Flood
Damage from flooding can leave you with lost assets, building damage, and more, all while facing dangerous evacuation situations. We’ve compiled a few expert flash flood preparation tips to help homeowners like you come back stronger than ever after a disaster.
Chat to a disaster planning team and find out how best to protect your business assets and employees, while understanding the potential damage that can be done to your property. Get ready for this season’s weather by protecting your business as best you can. And, once the disaster is over, call the experts at Restoration 1 to assess the damage and immediately get to restoring your business property to its previous condition.
1. Create A Flash Flood Emergency Plan
Firstly, create a small handbook to cover all the important details and information for dealing with a natural disaster, specifically a flood. A detailed evacuation plan should include:
- Highlighted routes
- A shelter plan
- How to run drills/training for emergencies
- How to help employees with special needs
- Contact lists with employees and family details
- How to move key operations to another location
2. Evacuation Planning
During a flood, roads can quickly become obstructed or closed, so come up with a safe evacuation route for your employees–one that will pose the least amount of danger. You’ll find routes planned on the Federal Emergency Management Agency maps for your area according to your suburb’s topography. Remember to add in the location of your closest storm shelters too.
3. Put A Flash Flood Emergency Kit Together
Create a kit ready with essential non-perishable items. For instance:
- Clean water
- Non-perishable food
- First aid kit
- Battery-powered radio
- Copies of insurance documents
- A list of important phone numbers
- Spare batteries
4. Update Your Insurance
Consider adding flooding to your insurance policy and include insurance for business interruption and lost revenue in the case of flooding. You’ll want to make sure your business can recover quickly from severe damage.
5. Protect Vital Business Information
It’s important to keep backup copies of important documents, such as insurance documents and vendor contact information off-site, in the cloud, or in an area that won’t be harmed in the case of flooding.
6. Get Your Building Ready
Prep your building so any heavy rain won’t affect your property in the event of flooding in the following ways:
- Regularly check that your gutters and storm drains are clear
- Don’t keep your valuable documents and heavy, breakable items in the basement
- Invest in a sump pump
- Install backflow prevention check valves to stop floodwater from entering at vulnerable points
- Install watertight barriers or flood shields to prevent the passage of water through openings
- Build watertight walls in areas that may be susceptible to floodwater
Remember, with some planning and prep you can help minimize the damage to your business and the health and safety of your employees. And, importantly, the continuity of your operations can proceed as usual in no time.
7. Save Restoration 1’s Contact Info
Lastly, if a flash flood has struck, make sure to call the professionals to tackle the restoration of your business property. This will help give you peace of mind during this stressful time. It may be possible to restore some of the damage on your own – but the bigger problems are better left to the experts.
Call the professionals at Restoration 1. There is no way to perform safe and successful water restoration without training. And, with all the expenses of water damage restoration remediation, it does not pay to do it yourself. There is no substitute for professional restoration experts.
If you have any questions about flash flood preparation or flood damage restoration, please contact Restoration 1 today. We are available 24/7 and we’ll send a team of IICRC-certified experts straight away!