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3 Essential Ways To Prepare Your Business for a Flood

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

Flashlight, portable radio, batteries, water bottles and a first aid kit Create an emergency kit with water, first aid, flashlight and batteries

Preparing Your Business For Flooding

According to the National Weather Service, severe weather events are increasing in number and intensity. As a result, property damage from flooding is on the rise. With no preparation, the risk is greater for your business to sustain costly water damage.
If you’ve experienced minor problems with broken pipes or leaky appliances, you know how destructive even a small amount of water can be. Taking some simple precautions could mean the difference between a minor incident and a flooded building.

1. Risk Assessment. Determining your flood risk will help you decide how to best prepare. It may be useful to consult nearby property owners and city planners for information about flooding in your area. This can tell you whether to consider flood insurance in addition to your conventional business insurance.

2. Facility Preparedness. Severe weather can combine with other risk factors to cause significant water damage to your business. You can minimize those risk factors with an emergency-readiness plan that includes:

  • Registering with your local emergency notification services
  • Creating an emergency kit with water, first aid, flashlights, and batteries
  • Posting contact information for a professional commercial water restoration company
  • Keeping storm drains and gutters free of debris
  • Installing a battery backup for your sump pump

3. Workplace Readiness. The third essential pillar of preparation is engaging your staff in emergency readiness. Scenarios that cause property damage are usually unexpected. If your Englewood, CO, business experiences a severe weather event that causes flooding and water damage, you will be thankful you took the time to prepare your staff.
Your local water remediation service will generally be happy to provide basic literature and training on emergency preparedness. This helps your staff learn to work together to minimize damage and maximize safety. Emergency experts can tailor your plan based on your unique building and location.
With water-related property damage on the rise, it is a good idea to determine your risk level and educate your staff. Water cleanup and restoration can be unsettling and costly. Following through with a few sensible measures could minimize the impact on your property and your bottom line.

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