Emergency Flood Tips for Your Business
One of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States is flooding. Floods can happen naturally on coastlines, near rivers, along city streets or even in the desert. The National Flood Insurance Program sited up to 25% of recent claims have been from low-risk communities. On average, floods cause $6 billion in annual losses in the U.S.
Prevention and timely preparation to handle the potential flooding and affect your restoration and replacement loss. Here are a few prevention tips:
- Determine if your business is located in a flood plain
- Listen to local emergency management instructions
- Carefully asses how your company functions, both internally and externally, to determine which staff, materials, procedures and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep your business operating.
- Create a plan if your building is not accessible. This plan is often referred to as a COOP (continuity of operation)
- Review your emergency plans annually
- Visit: ready.gov/america/local/index/html for a comprehensive plan for your area
Flood Actions Steps:
BEFORE A FLOOD
- Turn off utilities at the main switch valves.
- Disconnect electrical equipment and appliances
- Move vehicles out of low-lying parking garages
- Raise elevators from bottom floor.
AFTER A FLOOD-SAFETY FIRST
- Account that all employees are safe and evacuated to the designated area meeting place.
- If water has moved into the building and evacuation is not possible, move to the upper floor and wait for rescue personnel.
- While evacuating, avoid driving through rising water.
- Do not touch electrical equipment.
- Do not walk through moving water.
- Do not use open flames (gas may be escaping through ruptured mains)
- Avoid floodwaters. Floodwaters may be contaminated with oil, gasoline, raw sewage. Water may be electrically charged.
- Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.
- Listen to news reports to learn if the community’s water supply is safe to drink
- Return only when authorities deem building/area is safe.
SECURE THE PROPERTY
- Contact local emergency officials
- Secure main entrance of building
- Alert Security company and alarm company of the situation.
STABILIZE THE PROPERTY
- Shut off source of water or call qualified party to stop water source
- Give priority to the protection of power plant, fire pumps.
- Open basement of low-level windows to equalize water pressure on the building’s foundation and walls
- Begin water damage mitigation steps only if local authorities deem safe.
- Notify your insurance agent or risk manager.
- Contact SERVPRO of Bordentown /Pemberton to activate your EMERGENCY READY PROFILE: 609-894-8555.