Flood Preparation

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.

Flood Preparation was last modified: August 26th, 2014 by Sarah McGorry