Flood Tips For Your Business
The recent wildfires have been occurring with such regularity you would think that your business is more likely to suffer a fire loss than a water loss. According to FEMA though, your business could in fact be as much as ten times more likely to be damaged by water than by fire. This rainy season is driving home that point with rainfall above our expected annual totals. Fortunately, most of the rainfall that we have had has fallen at manageable rates. Even still, there are businesses that have been harmed by flooding. If your office has been safe in the past, new construction of buildings, roads or bridges can alter the flow of water, increasing the potential for flooding. Living in a high-risk flood zone can increase the likelihood of experiencing a flood, but being outside a high-risk zone does not mean flooding is not possible.
There are a number of things you can do to help minimize or prevent water damage to your property. Follow these tips to help prepare and recover from potentially costly flood damage.
Before the Flood:
- Have your important equipment above the expected flood levels of your area.
- Inspect sump pumps and drains regularly to ensure proper operation.
- Have ready emergency building materials if you live in a flood-prone area. These may include plywood, plastic sheeting, lumber, nails, shovels and sandbags.
During the Flood:
- Listen for alerts via radio, television or text for the latest storm information. Be sure to keep your smartphone charged in the event you lose power so you can still receive alerts or call for help.
- If advised to evacuate, shut of all utilities and evacuate immediately.
- Move to high ground, avoid rising waters and do not walk or drive through any floodwaters.
- Stay away from downed power lines and electrical wires.
After the Flood:
- Do not return to your business until authorities indicate it is safe to do so.
- Once allowed back into your office inspect it for damage. If your property has been damaged, promptly report the loss.
- Throw away any food that has come into contact with floodwaters.