Most businesses can save between 20% and 90% on the cost of stock and movable equipment by taking action to prepare in advance of flooding.
The following resources and tools will help mitigate your risk and protect not only your business from floods, but also the most critical element of your business – your people.
Do You Know the Terms?
- Flood Watch: Flooding is possible. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.
- Flash Flood Watch: Flash flooding is possible. Be prepared to move to higher ground; listen to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.
- Flood Warning: Flooding is occurring or will occur soon; if advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
- Flash Flood Warning: A flash flood is occurring; seek higher ground on foot immediately.
Driving Flood Facts
The following are important points to remember when driving in flood conditions:
- Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.
- A foot of water will float many vehicles.
- Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and pick-ups
Before the Flood
- Review Emergency Plan with team, and key employees.
- Take all necessary steps to prevent the release of dangerous chemicals that might be stored on your property. Locate gas main and electrical shut-offs, Anchor all fuel tanks.
- Postpone any receipt of goods- deliveries, couriers, etc.
- Contact insurance agent, discuss policy, etc.
- Update disaster recovery kits and begin crisis back-up procedures.
- Establish emergency communication method (Alert Notification System, phone tree, etc.); identify meeting place and time for all key employees in Crisis Management Team; create voicemail for when evacuated, or out of office, etc.
- Maintain accurate inventory of product on site.
- Use plugs to prevent floodwater from backing up into sewer drains, or install flood vents/or flood proof barriers.
- Stay tuned to local media & community messaging.
Download the checklist for more tips for during and after the flood.
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