Don't let the damage of a flood happen to you

Published on Thu, 03/21/2013 - 16:19

Did you know it was National Flood Safety Awareness Week? We’re not talking about the type of flood that is caused by a very generous gap between the end of your pants and the ground, we’re talking about water floods of course.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) partnered together to improve public awareness for National Flood Safety Awareness Week. Their goal is to improve understanding about flood risk among individuals, families, businesses and communities.  They believe knowledge and the right precautions can protect families, homes and finances. We think so too! Here are five helpful tips for businesses:

  1. Establish a business continuation plan (BCP). This plan should take prevention, emergency response and disaster recovery into consideration. Be prepared for a disaster before it happens.
  2. Coordinate an emergency response team. Assign responsibility to specific employees for advance arrangements and flood emergency response, including removal of stock and equipment.
  3. Keep a list of all vendors’ and key customers’ telephone numbers available and secured.
  4. Keep emergency equipment such as portable radios and flashlights in working order. Portable, battery-powered radios are essential in an emergency. Tune into local stations and follow  emergency instructions.
  5. Keep insurance information and contact names and numbers in a safe place. This will expedite the claim process in the event of a loss.