Flooding can be a detriment to any business, but especially small business. In addition to the physical damage to your building or equipment, you can lose stock and supplies and be unable to operate your business while damages are being repaired. This can cause lost business and customers who may decide to take their business elsewhere. Even if flooding does not impact you directly, you may find shipments or supplies that are unable to make it to you as well as employees who cannot get to work.
If you’re wanting to dramatically reduce the impact of flooding on your business you must plan ahead. Below are a few tips that can help safeguard you against flooding.
Safeguard Against Flooding Tips
- Review Emergency Plan with staff.
- Take all necessary precautions to prevent the release of dangerous chemicals that might be stored on your property. Locate gas main and electrical shut-offs and anchor all fuel tanks.
- Postpone any receipt of goods, deliveries, couriers, etc.
- Contact your insurance agent and discuss your policy.
- Establish emergency communication methods (Alert Notification System, phone tree, etc.); identify a meeting place and time for all employees.
- Have all employees, vendors, client contact information on hand.
- Update disaster recovery kits.
- Maintain accurate inventory of products on your 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.