How Can Your Business Prepare for a Flood?
With the hurricane season behind us it’s likely you won’t have to worry about flooding issues for the remainder of the year. And, even if your office was safe in the past, you should note that new construction of buildings, roads or bridges can alter the flow of water, so you should always be prepared for the potential of flooding. Doing business in a high-risk zone can increase the chances you’ll experience a flood; but being outside of the area doesn’t mean flooding isn’t possible.
We’re giving you some tips on how you can minimize or prevent water damage to your commercial property. These tips can help you prepare and recover from possible flood damage.
Before the Flood:
- Move important equipment above expected flood levels
- Inspect drains and sump pumps to ensure they are operating properly
- Make sure emergency building materials are ready if your business is in a flood-prone area, these include, but are not limited to, plywood, plastic sheeting, shovels and sandbags.
During the Flood:
- Listen for alerts for the latest storm information.
- Keep your smartphone charged in case you lose power; this will ensure you are still able to receive alerts or can place an emergency call.
- If you are asked to evacuate, shut of all utilities and leave immediately
- Move to high ground and avoid rising water.
- Stay clear of downed electrical wires and power lines
After the Flood:
- Do not return to your business until you’ve been told it is safe to do so.
- Throw away any food that have been in contact with flood water.
- Inspect your office for damage, and if your business has been damaged, immediately report the loss.
- Call SERVPRO of Bath to assist with your restoration efforts at 252-923-0213.