Getting Your Business Prepared for Flooding | SERVPRO® of Ames
For business owners who do not operate in a floodplain, it may seem odd that they should prepare for flooding. However, national disasters include flooding around 90% of the time, and many affected areas are those not traditionally prone to flooding.
It is smart for business owners to consider and plan for the possibility of a flood, both to keep their employees safe and get their business reopened more quickly after a disaster.
<h3to-do-ahead-of-time">What to Do Ahead of Time
By being honest about their risks, training employees and planning ahead, business owners will be much more prepared for a flood and will know how to stay safe. Some key points to plan for include:
- Referencing the FEMA Flood Map to get an idea of your risk levels
- Copying all paperwork and records to keep in a safe, external location
- Drafting your own Emergency Action Plan and training employees for what to do
- Clearly marking the office evacuation route
- Considering the purchase of flood insurance if it is something your business insurance does not handle
- Assembling an emergency kit for the workplace in the event you and other employees are stranded for a time
- Placing any valuables in the highest possible areas if flooding becomes imminent
<h3documents-to-preserve">The Documents to Preserve
In order to restore and reopen, having your documents copied and safe will be a big assistance. Keep any essential papers, such as:
- The continuity plan for how you will resume operations
- Contact information for employees, as well as their emergency contacts
- Your insurance policy for the business and flood coverage if applicable
- Vendor information, along with contact information for suppliers and any other third parties that may be crucial to operations
- Guidelines for how to recover files from computer backups
- Any pertinent financial documents
If your business has experienced a flood, we are always here to help. Call us 24⁄7 to get our team of professionals to your business quickly so you can get back on track.