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How Can You Prepare Your Business To Mitigate Hurricane Damage?

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

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Hurricane damage can be a big deal in Greenwood Village, CO. With sustained winds over 73 mph, whatever can be stripped off a building, tree or virtually anything else becomes a missile.
Once the air is filled with flying debris, it turns into a giant sandblaster, shredding homes and businesses across an entire region. The most destructive types of hurricane damage are

  • Coastal flooding from the storm surge.
  • Inland flooding from torrential rain.
  • Building damage from high winds.

If you want your business to survive this onslaught, you need to prepare for storms before they happen. This starts with creating your free SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile.

What Is an Emergency Profile?

Disasters are frequently fatal for businesses. Around 50% will never reopen after a disaster – and a shocking 90% of small businesses fail within a year.
The ones that survive usually have an emergency plan. The simplest way to make one is to download the free SERVPRO app for your smart device.
You can enter in critical information to your secure profile, including where shutoff switches and valves are, employee information, and who to contact for rescue and restoration. Afterward, a top local restoration company experienced in cleaning up after major hurricanes can make a free assessment of your facility. With pictures and a layout on file before the storm, they’ll know exactly how to return your business to the original condition.

What About When the Storm Is Approaching?

If you have advanced warning that a storm is coming, you can jump into gear. If there’s a hurricane watch, pay close attention to the news.
As soon as a hurricane warning is broadcast, you need to tarp and board your business. Your restoration company can help you with this, or you can do it yourself. Cover every window with wood. Cover known leaks with tarps if possible. If you can’t get wood, use duct tape on the windows.
Once the storm is over, the restoration company will assess the hurricane damage and begin the repair process. Exposed areas will immediately be covered, and repairs will be coordinated with your insurance company.

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