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Getting Your Business Prepared for Flooding | SERVPRO® of Ames

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

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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 247 to get our team of professionals to your business quickly so you can get back on track.

Be Prepared with an ERP

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure you are "Ready for whatever happens." In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. Call us to establish your Emergency READY Profile! - Restoration Newsline