Many of us have family emergency plans in place for the home, but many might not think about how important a business disaster plan can be for your business, also. According to poll conducted by the National Federation of Independent Business, natural disasters have affected more than 30% of all small businesses in the United States.
Protect Your Business with a Disaster Plan
Whether you are starting a new business or already a small business owner, it is never too late to protect your business by creating a disaster plan. Below are some easy steps you need to do in order to protect your business when disaster strikes.
Consider which disasters might affect your business to evaluate your preparedness level. The American Red Cross offers free risk assessment tools to check the level of risk in your area, as well as tips to help improve your level of preparedness. Make sure to ask yourself if you are up to date and have spoken to your insurance agent recently? Is there emergency equipment available? Are any of your employees trained in medical care or emergencies?
One of the most critical issues for small businesses during natural disasters is whether their data is backed up. It can be disastrous if your intellectual property is lost. If you are using cloud-based services, you are a step ahead, because your data can be accessed from anywhere. Those without cloud-based data storage need to make sure to have backups of all data, including contracts, business licenses, and other corporate data in a safe place.
Make sure you can continue operating during or after the disaster. Review all business operations to assess which aspects are more critical for operation and business survival. Keep a list of all suppliers and customers and it can be a good idea to contact them after the emergency. It is also wise to have a secondary location available for temporary work so the business can continue to run.
Protect Your Property
Protecting your property should be a top priority when you own a business. Floods, tornadoes, wind storms and other natural disasters can wreak havoc on your business. Be prepared with tools like a Water Inflated Property Protector (WIPP). A WIPP will drastically reduce the amount of water that enters your building or property, keeping things safe and dry.
Always make sure to stay in communication with your insurance agent. Talk with them about your coverage and inquire about disaster insurance. Not all plans have disaster situations covered, and it is also good to consider business interruption insurance, as well. Business interruption insurance pays you lost income when your building or property is damaged due to natural disasters.
Make sure to discuss with your employees what to do in case of an emergency or natural disaster. Have a building evacuation route in place, and have emergency kits available with water, flashlights, a fire extinguisher food, and first aid items. Set up a shelter in place area that workers can retreat to if not leaving the building. Make sure to review and rehearse your plan often to ensure the safety of your employees.
Protecting Your Business
You never know when disaster will strike, so it is important to have a disaster plan in place for your business. How quickly your company gets back on its feet again depends on a seamless plan with risk assessment, property and data protection, and the proper insurance.
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Construction is a booming industry, with few indications that it will slow anytime soon. Although the future looks bright, it’s important to observe a cautious optimism. Accordingly, you’d do well to prepare your employees, equipment, and business for the road ahead. A bit of preparation can make a world of difference when it counts.
Spring Construction Outlook: Things to Consider
Spring is a period of growth and change. The temperatures rise and the slow pace of winter life starts to speed up. Before things get too busy, take stock of your readiness. Get organized, make plans and set goals. This will enable you to stay focused on the things that are important to you.
1) Snowmelt Flooding
When snow falls in freezing temperatures, it accumulates on the surface of the soil. Once temperatures rise and it begins to melt, water from snowmelt behaves like rain. Flooding can occur when there is more water than the soil can absorb or can be contained in nearby rivers, lakes, and reservoirs. This can happen quickly, creating a raging river where there was once a drainage ditch. Protect your construction site from snowmelt flooding with an inflatable bladder dam. This will ensure that none of your progress is compromised.
2) Tool and Equipment Inspection
Preventive maintenance is essential to the regular care and inspection of tools, equipment, machines, and vehicles. Routine inspections limit downtime and extend productivity by ensuring that everything is in working order. Keep in mind that maintenance tasks are potentially hazardous and can result in injury. Workers should be vigilant in maintaining both worksite and equipment.
3) Prepare for 2018 Hurricane Season
Are you in a hurricane zone? Engineering and construction firms should take extra care in protecting themselves from hurricanes. Construction sites are vulnerable because of incomplete structures and exposed materials that are easily damaged by water. Don’t wait to prepare for a hurricane until it’s imminent. This can be a costly mistake. Give yourself adequate time to protect the project, and have an emergency plan for worst-case scenarios.
Preparation is key to a successful spring construction outlook. Preventative maintenance and planning will make a huge positive impact on your business. An old adage says, “Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.” This is especially true in construction.
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Many industries experience different business cycles and construction is no different. As the temperatures begin to dip into the holiday months, construction projects tend to slow down. It’s important to make the most out of these slower months, however. It’s a great time to get ready for the new year.
Winter in Construction: Keeping it Hot Even When It’s Cold Out
Your major outdoor projects may be slowing down as the temperatures drop, but that doesn’t mean you need to. Take advantage of these slower months and focus on keeping your business moving forward. Get started with the following guide:
1) Look for Indoor Jobs
Interior remodeling is popular during the winter months. Focus on “interiorscaping” with things like painting, flooring, cabinetry, and lighting. Winter is especially ideal for interior painting in areas where it’s still warm enough to keep the windows open. Paint does well in cooler weather in places like the south. Be sure to involve your customers in their indoor renovations. If business is a bit slower, it’s a great time to give each project a little special attention and focus on your client relationships.
2) Hold Classes and Events
You can also use the slower months to enhance your image and credibility by hosting classes and events to share your professional knowledge and experience. The classes and events could supplement your winter income AND bring you new referrals and clientele. Look into teaching a class at a local college or for industry newcomers. Hold an event to educate consumers about popular DIY projects. Plan some open houses for consumers, brokers, and agents. And finally, attend local networking events.
3) Check In With Past Customers
Your biggest opportunity lies within your existing clientele. Your reputation is already established and your past customers know you and your work. Review your records and look for opportunities for new work. For example, maybe you updated a kitchen or bathroom over the summer, and they could use new lighting or cabinets this winter. Don’t forget to ask your satisfied customers for referrals, testimonials, and positive reviews online.
4) Meet With Your Accountant
As many people, you may only think of your accountant around tax time or concerning tax issues. For this reason, they are often an extremely underutilized resource, as their knowledge covers many other areas beyond taxes. Winter is the perfect time to let your accountant analyze and streamline other areas in your business. Work with your accountant to cut unnecessary expenses and build in a financial cushion for your business. Analyze trends in your data to develop goals and action plans for the new year. Assess the current value of your business and explore options to increase your value. Your accountant is capable of even more than this. Schedule a meeting to simply go over all the ways he or she could benefit your business and determine where you want to begin.
5) Offer Seasonal Discounts
Seasonal discounts are a cultural expectation clients always look forward to. They’re a great way to reward existing and previous clients while attracting new customers. Be careful to not let discounts and specials eat away all of your winter profits. Add some urgency to your advertising. Let consumers know it’s a limited time offer they may miss if they don’t act soon.
6) Focus on Marketing
Your busiest months likely push marketing way off your radar. When business slows, however, it’s a great time to refocus your marketing to help line up business for the new year. Focus on increasing and enhancing your social media presence and refreshing or updating all your existing pages. Winter is a great time to develop an email marketing strategy like a monthly newsletter for the new year. Run ads in all your local media outlets. Focus on gathering testimonials and reviews for your website and social media pages.
7) Catch Up on Maintenance
It’s hard to stay on top of equipment and tool maintenance and repairs during your busy months. It’s easy for things to slip in the cracks. Take some time during the winter months to catch up on all your routine maintenance. Examine all your equipment and tools and look for items that need to be replaced or repaired. When all your existing equipment is taken care of, evaluate the equipment needs for the upcoming year. If you’re in an area with heavy snowfall, consider investing in an inflatable bladder dam to protect your equipment and job sites from snowmelt flooding.
Don’t Let the Cooler Weather Slow You Down
No matter what industry you’re in, it’s vital to your continued success to make the most of your time. This is especially true in the construction industry when it comes to the winter months. Don’t let the slowing projects slow your business down. Get started making the most of your time with this winter construction guide.
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The freezing temperatures, ice, and heavy snow of winter can cause serious damage. Winter storms bring power and water loss, make transportation near impossible, and cause fatalities. Recovery from these storms is often long and costly.
Some of the Costliest Winter Storms in the Country
Every winter brings ice and snow that makes transportation difficult and causes serious hazards in some parts of the country. Loss of power and damage to property is common. The following 5 storms were the costliest winter storms in US history.
1) Great Blizzard of 1993
On March 11th through March 14th of 1993, 26 US states experienced the “Storm of the Century.” This blizzard affected 40% of the US population with 270 fatalities and millions who lost power. Eventually, all major airports on the East Coast closed down. Four feet of snow was reported in some areas. This devastating blizzard cost the US over $8 billion in losses.
2) The Great Nor’easter of 1992
From December 10th through the 13th this great snowstorm settled over the northeastern United States. States of emergency were declared in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. There were 19 fatalities and over $5 billion in losses.
3) Southern Ice Storm of February 1994
This ice storm covered the south from Texas to Virginia in February of 1994, affecting many parts for weeks. 750,000 in Mississippi alone had no electricity or water for several days. This monstrous storm cost over $4.75 billion in damages.
4) Winter Storm and Cold Outbreak of January 2014
January 5th through the 8th of 2014 brought “The Polar Vortex” to the Mid-Atlantic states with wind chills as low as -60 degrees Fahrenheit for several months. The heavy snow and record low temperatures in countless Mid-Atlantic communities brought 20 fatalities and cost almost $2.5 billion in damages.
5) Deep Freeze of December 1983
“The Bone Chiller” brought heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures in more than 12 states from December 17th to the 30th. The sudden cold of this devastating storm brought 500 fatalities and cost $2.36 billion in damages.
Snowmelt Flooding: The Other Winter Danger to Consider
Freezing temperatures, ice, and heavy snowfall create enough potential hazards for the winter season as it is. However, there is one other winter danger you can’t afford to overlook. As the temperatures begin to warm again and all the snow is melting, the ground is typically saturated already and can’t absorb the added moisture. The melted snow drains back to streams, rivers, and lakes, however the excess causes serious flooding. Protect your property and job sites now with an inflatable bladder dam.
Winter is a hard season for construction in many parts of the country. Ice, snow, and winter storms cause construction delays and damage to project sites and equipment. Once the temperatures start to warm up, snowmelt flooding is another serious threat to property, life, and projects. Be prepared this winter and stay safe.
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In light of a very active hurricane season and proposed upcoming winter weather, flood control is a hot topic. Many businesses, roadways and other entities have experienced massive devastation due to recent events and many are seeking methods for future prevention. The WIPP® (Water Inflated Property Protector) has become a popular choice for many industries.
5 Commercial Applications of the WIPP®
Inland flooding and snowmelt flooding have the potential to cause widespread destruction to commercial properties and public roadways. But there is a way to drastically reduce the amount of water that enters your building or property by using an inflatable barrier.
Here are some common commercial applications of the Water Inflated Property Protector with proven success rates:
1) Major Roadways
During natural disasters, it is essential to have open roadways for rescues and work crews to be able to reach their destinations. The WIPP® can be placed around major roadways forming a barrier that keeps water from flooding the roads.
2) Private Businesses
Commercial property is expensive. Whether you own or rent, you don’t want to lose it all to a flood. The WIPP® forms a barrier around the building to keep evasive flood waters out so that your building and other business property is protected.
3) Educational Buildings
Educational buildings often house expensive equipment critical to the learning experience. Place the WIPP® around the buildings or structures where flooding is most likely to occur. You may want to start with the building that houses your technology – where disaster recovery could be costly.
4) Wastewater or Chemical Plants
Wastewater and chemical plants not only hold expensive machinery, but they are often critical to daily operations of cities and municipalities. The WIPP® can help you minimize the damage that can occur when evasive waters enter the plant.
5) Grocery Stores
Before, during and after natural disasters, grocery stores are a necessity. Your community relies on you to keep your building safe and stocked so that they can purchase the means to survive should they get flooded in or lose electricity. Protect your storefront by forming a flood barrier with the WIPP® system and stay open to serve your community.
WIPP® Vs. Sandbags for Commercial Flood Protection
When flooding is imminent your first inclination may be to turn to traditional methods such as sandbags to protect your commercial property. Sandbags are messy, harder to transport and less safe for the environment. The Water Inflated Property Protector is a much better option.
Learn more about the benefits of using the WIPP® system over sandbags.
When it comes to flood control for your commercial property, you want to be sure you’re investing wisely. Many are counting on you to keep these properties safe so that they can return to normal life once the flooding subsides. At Hydrological Solutions, we are familiar with the perils of flooding to your business and want to help you choose the best solution to keep your business safe. Contact us to learn more about how the WIPP® can seamlessly protect your biggest asset with little to no environmental impact.
As the months get colder and blankets of snow cover the colder regions, winter weather brings considerable risk to your business. Not only can winter perils affect your commercial property, but operations may be slowed or halted by extreme winter weather conditions as well. You’ll want to be sure you are prepared well before these winter weather risks rear their ugly heads.
Let’s take a look at a few of the most common winter weather risks and how to protect your business during this time of year.
5 Common Winter Weather Risks for Businesses
If your area is prone to snowy and icy weather, you are probably familiar with the destruction that can occur. As a business owner, you are likely thinking ahead so that you can prepare for the worst-case scenario.
Here are a few of the most common risks businesses face during the winter and how to best prepare for winter storms:
An accumulation of ice and snow can become heavy quickly, putting a considerable amount of stress on the roof of your building. Before the storm, you should have the strength of your roof assessed. If there are concerns that your roof will handle the weight of the ice and snow, measures should be taken to improve the strength of the roof. Snow and ice should be removed as soon as it’s safe to do so to relieve the unnecessary stress placed on the roof.
When ice dams build up on the edges of your roof, they prevent the water from melting snow from draining off the roof. This water can then enter your business and cause extensive internal property damage. This accumulation of water also places unnecessary strain on your roof, further increasing the risk of roof collapse. It is not recommended to remove the ice dam as this may cause damage to your roof. Instead, remove the snow to decrease the chances of ice dams forming. If you are unable to remove the snow safely without breaking the ice dam, seek out an experienced professional to minimize your chances of causing more damage to your building.
The pressure of frozen water in pipes and sprinkler systems can cause it to burst, resulting in extensive damage to your business property. Properly insulating and sealing your pipes, vents, ceiling/attic, wall cracks, etc. to ensure your building temperature does not dip too low. Consider using a monitoring system to warn you if the temperature does get too low and invest in UL-approved heaters for rooms where pipes are most vulnerable.
Power outages are all too common with winter storms. Depending on the type of business you operate, it could be shut down completely if you’re left without electricity. Ensure consistent power supply by purchasing the number of generators you need to keep your business functioning. Make sure you do a trial run before the first use so that you know how to run and maintain your generator during a winter storm event.
After the last snowflake has fallen and the winter storm threat has cleared, the ice and snow begin to melt. Heavy amounts of snowfall and sheets of ice turn into a large amount of water, which has to go somewhere. Protect your building from snowmelt flooding with an inflatable barrier. A water inflatable barrier can be placed around your building to keep evasive waters out and reduce your chance of sustaining flood damage to your property.
Preparation is Key
The time to prepare for winter weather risks is now before the heavy storms hit. If you wait until the threat is imminent, you will run out of time and likely be underprepared for what is coming.
At Hydrological Solutions, we are familiar with the risks involved with extreme weather. We want to help you keep your property intact and safe from destruction. Contact us to learn more about how our Water Inflated Property Protector can help keep your business safe from snowmelt flooding this year.