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4 Ways To Prepare Your Business To Weather an Intense Storm

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

Flashlight, portable radio, batteries, water bottles and a first aid kit Gather and store some supplies.

Preparing Your Business For A Storm

The weather report calls for severe storms, and as the day passes, the impending system appears worse than expected. What should a proprietor do? Are there actions to take to ward off problems? After all, if a significant weather system passes through Glendale Heights, IL, your business could be impacted by tornadoes, floodwater, intense wind speeds and hail. These conditions prove destructive for properties. Business owners should understand how to get ready for the storm and restore the premises once it passes.

1. Create a Disaster Preparedness Plan
A flooded building proves chaotic. Get organized. With other team members, put together a notebook of safety procedures. Within the documents, have copies of insurance policies, the number for a water restoration company and instructions on safeguarding the premises and employees. Designate points of contact.
Also, gather and store the following supplies within a back room:

  • A battery-operated weather radio
  • Flashlights
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batters
  • Water bottles
  • Non-perishable snacks

2. Move Valuables to Higher Levels
If flood water breaches the walls, valuables and structures become contaminated and ruined, some of which may not be salvageable. Protect your property by moving important items up off the ground.

3. Create Flood Barriers
Use sandbags around the perimeter to reduce water penetration. It's best to have them on hand for a prompt response. Begin in low-lying sections, placing plastic sheeting down first. Then, stack the bags as if laying down bricks, with one slightly overlapping the other.

4. Store Electronic Data
If electronics sustain water damage, saved data is likely lost. Take the time to save your critical emails, documents and invoices to the cloud and a hard drive. It's better to have it in multiple places.
Flood water and harsh winds and rain can harm your establishment. Get ahead of trouble by having a plan and taking action to minimize issues. This effort could save remediation time and reduce repair costs.

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