Preparing for Floods As a Business Owner.
Many business owners make the mistake of assuming that they are not at risk for flooding due to their location, but unfortunately, that is not always the case. In fact, flooding is involved in natural disasters in 90% of instances, often affecting the areas that are typically the least likely to be flooded.
Business owners are wise to put a plan in place for floods as well as other disasters to ensure they can keep their staff safe and reopen quickly after the emergency passes. Knowing what to do in the event of a flood will provide everyone with peace of mind.
A few of the ways business owners can better prepare for floods are:
- Utilizing the FEMA Flood Map to enter your location and understand the flood data for the area
- Copying important documents and storing them safely, such as in a waterproof safe
- Making an emergency training guide for employees so they can confidently know what to do should a flood begin
- Marking evacuation routes clearly around the building
- Adding a flood insurance policy to your existing business policy if necessary
- Gathering supplies for an office emergency kit with enough food and water to survive
- Elevating computers and other electronics if possible
Business owners who are intent on reopening quickly will be wise to copy the right documents in advance to help them do this. Some of the following documents are a good place to start:
- An outline for the continuity of the business
- The contact information for anyone important to operations, such as vendors, staff and suppliers
- Insurance policies, flood coverage and agent contact details
- Instructions on recovery for digital files that are backed up
- Any other banking information or operational details that are relevant
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.