Tips for Commercial Storm Preparation
Follow These Simple Steps and Avoid a Flooded Building
Having your commercial building fully prepared for a flood can mean having your business back up and running in a few days after a bad storm, compared to no preparation and requiring the services of a professional flood remediation company plus paying thousands of dollars to bring your building and business back to the way it was before the storm. By following a few simple steps, you can avoid a flooded building and a lot of headache.
Take an Inventory and Backup Important Data
Everything inside the building on the first floor and in the basement could be subject to flood water if your exterior preparations do not fully work or if the flooding is worse than expected. From equipment to inventory, supplies, networks and more, there are many possibilities for loss not only from flood water but also power surges and outages. Backup important data offsite and have redundant servers in case one is destroyed.
Determine which assets are most critical to keep the business running or bring it back online after the storm
Find out if you should have flood insurance on anything that is not currently covered
Determine if anything you have that is leased or rented needs insurance coverage or if you will be responsible for damages
Make a list of everything that could be damaged and that could be replaced with your insurance policy
This is also a good time to review any contracts you have set up with clients, vendors and landlords to know exactly what they expect in the case of bad weather.
Prepare the Building
Ensure all drainage systems and vents are fully clear and functional. Check the roof and be sure to repair any cracks in your roof covers and replace missing or damaged perimeter flashing. You can also use sandbags and plastic or urethane spray foam to barricade doors and reduce indoor water damage.
There are floodplain experts and engineers which can help you develop flood walls and levees or other landscaping strategies to divert as much flood water as possible. All systems within the building from mechanical to electrical, utility connections, rooftop structures, sewer and water systems, and fuel tanks you can also have checked by a professional to verify they are all prepared to withstand a severe storm.
Preparing your commercial building ahead of a big storm is essential in maintaining the structural integrity of the building without having to pay tens of thousands in repairs. With just a few simple steps, you can have some peace of mind when the next rainy season in Central, UT, hits.