Building a Flood Plan for Businesses in At-Risk Areas
|Published: 6th October 2017 13:56|
The only affect a local flood may have on you is an interrupted or longer commute, or perhaps your local shops close, but if you are directly affected, floods can be a disaster. Flooding causes damage to the structure of buildings and to the items inside. This can mean memories lost for homeowners, and it can mean lost income for businesses. As a business, protecting your property should be your priority, and having adequate insurance coverage as a given, but you should also develop a flood plan.
Flood plans are typically created by businesses, who have a lot of products and equipment that they need to protect or else risk their livelihood. They also need to worry about the safety of their customers and their employees. Developing a flood plan can reduce damage and risk, and here are things for you to consider:
1. Sign up for flood alerts
Reduce damage to your business, you need to be aware of when flooding is a possibility. Sign up for flood alerts so that you can respond appropriately. The problem with being a business during a flood risk is that you don’t necessarily want to close unless flooding is occurring. That is why you need to be alert, and respond promptly when appropriate.
2. Relocate Products to a Safe Area
When flooding is a possibility, it is a good idea to relocate low-level stock to higher ground. This can be done without closing your business, and will help you should flooding occur. How high you should relocate your stock and equipment depends on your area and how high flood levels have reached in the past.
3. Relocate and Turn Off Electronics
When your area has been flagged with a flood warning, meaning that flooding is expected, you need to act to protect your equipment and the lives of those in the building. Unplug and relocate all electronics to a safe location. A good practice is to do this every time before you close for the day in periods of a flood alert, so that you don’t have to worry about the electrical equipment being damaged or worse when you are not there.
4. Turn Off and Secure Your Premise
Just as you need to relocate your electronics to protect them from damage, you need to turn off your electricity, gas, and water during flooding. Ensure that every employee knows where these systems are located, and how to turn them off.
5. Post-Flood Clean-up
Once the floods have subsided it is time to reopen your business. Before you can do that, however, you need to have your business professionally cleaned. When flood damage cleaning is necessary a professional company such as CleanSafe Services will be required to ensure the building is safe to be used for both customers and staff.
Preparing for a flood means making sure that the damage is minimised as much as possible. This could mean that you also use sandbags, or other more efficient flood-preventing options to protect your businesses from water. Regardless of your flood prevention routine, however, you should always relocate your products and your electronics to protect them from damage and turn off your water, electricity, and gas. Don’t forget a clean-up service as this will help you get your business up and running again in no time.