Did you know that floods are one of the most common and widespread disasters? Or thatbusiness are more likely to flood than burn down?
It’s important to have a plan and be prepared in the event of a flood. The following check lists may help protect your business and your employee and minimize damage.
Before the flood:
– Review Emergency Plan with your team and employees
– Take all necessary steps to prevent the release of dangerous chemicals that might be stored on your property, Locate gas main and electrical shut-offs, anchor all fuel tanks
– Postpone any receipt of goods deliveries, couriers, etc.
– Contact insurance agent, discuss policy, etc.
– Establish emergency communication method; identify meeting place and time for all key employees in Crisis Management Team; create voicemail for when evacuated, or out of office, etc.
– Update disaster recovery kits and begin crisis back up procedures
– Maintain accurate inventory of product on site.
– Use plugs to prevent floodwaters from backing up into sewer drains, or install flood vents/ or flood proof barriers
– Stay tuned to local media & Community messaging
During the flood:
– Life safety is paramount
– Begin next phase of your business continuity plan
– Send unneeded staff home
– Raise elevators to the 2nd floor and turn off
– Stay tuned to local media- evacuate when required, safely
– Take cell phone and chargers with you along with emergency kits
– Take all critical hardware with you
– Redirect business phones to cell phones
After the flood:
– Listen for news reports to learn whether the community’s water supply is safe to drink
– Avoid floodwaters; water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or sewage or it could be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
– Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded. Roads may have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car.
– Clean and disinfect everything that got wet.
– Contact employees
– Contact insurance agent
– Ensure you have an emergency communication plan in place prior to the storm, evacuation or threat.
– Have all employees, vendors, client contact information on hand.
Keeping these tips in mind and having a business continuity plan are key to minimizing damage and lost productivity during a disaster.
Learn how The Seltzer Group can help you be more prepared for a disaster.
The Seltzer Group with locations in Schuylkill Haven, Orwigsburg, and Pottsville, Pennsylvania, serves businesses and individuals locally, regionally, and on the national level. The Seltzer Group is a proud member of the Keystone Insurers Group.