Being in the throes of hurricane season, it is vital to your business to plan ahead for floods and disasters. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 40% of small businesses that closed during a natural disaster (like flooding) won’t reopen again. With statistics like these, it is imperative to take the right precautions and know what to do after a flood occurs.
Business Flood Recovery Guide
Every business is in jeopardy of experiencing a serious threat from flooding that can halt operations.
- Disaster Plan
- Risk Assessment
- IT Systems Back Up
- Recovery Resources
- Apply for Assistance
1) Disaster Plan
Every business needs to have a disaster plan–whether you are in a flood area or not. A good start is to list and document all necessary documents and information needed for your company to run. Make sure your list and plan include:
- Staff emergency contact numbers
- Lists of emergency services and contact numbers
- List of supplier and their contacts
- Operations and administration procedures
- Asset inventories
- IT inventories
- Communication system specifications
- Maintenance agreements
- Insurance information
2) Risk Assessment
It is important to assess the risks of all components of the business. Not only is flooding a risk but other disasters, as well. Take into consideration environmental disasters, and also loss or disruption of utilities, system or equipment failures, security incidents, and other emergency situations. Be sure to include these emergency scenarios in your disaster plan and assess the steps needed for each to keep your business running and employees safe.
3) IT Systems Back Up
Your entire IT system needs to be properly backed up in case a flood (or any disaster) affects your business. Consider alternative business processing methods, as well as backing up essential equipment, administrative and operations information, and customer service files.
4) Recovery Resources
If your business is harmed by a flood or other natural disaster, there is a plethora of information and helpful resources available for assistance. Check with state and local government websites to see what they have available for recovery. FEMA, United Way, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Disaster Recovery website are just a few to get your recovery started.
5) Apply for Assistance
After you visit various recovery resources, it is a good idea to apply for disaster assistance. There is assistance available–but only if you apply. The Small Business Administration, various city organizations, as well as those listed above in recovery resources can help get your business back up and running again.
Flood Recovery: Be Prepared
Always have your business be as prepared as possible when it comes to flooding. Along with having a solid business recovery plan, and your systems backed up, take an extra step in precaution and invest in an Aqua-Barrier inflatable cofferdam to help keep water out and your business dry. The Aqua-Barrier is the essential tool for flood prevention at your establishment.
Contact us to learn more about our flood recovery guide and how you can keep your business safe from the next flood.
The impact of a flood doesn’t end when waters recede. The damage left in the wake of a flood isn’t limited to homes but can impact workplaces, schools, and infrastructure. This halts normal life and can make those affected feel powerless. It’s important to have a plan to guide you through this difficult time.
The Importance of Stress Management in Flood Recovery
The devastation of a flood can be overwhelming, and it can be hard to know where to start. It’s crucial to keep your emotional wellbeing in mind. Although it’s an incredibly stressful process, pace yourself by taking recovery one step at a time.
The first step in flood recovery is organization. Take inventory of everything you have, then make a list of items you still need to salvage or replace. Prioritize items of particular value or importance, and note where they can be found in your home.
Assess the Damage
Once it’s safe for you to survey damage to your home or workplace, be sure to bring a digital camera. Before you remove any water or make any repairs, fully document the damage by taking photos or video. This is important to do before you make any attempts to dewater or make repairs. Even if you don’t have flood insurance, pictures are helpful and sometimes necessary when applying for government disaster assistance. Keep in mind that flood water may be contaminated by sewage or household chemicals. Wear rubber gloves and boots any time you come in contact with flood water.
Register With FEMA
When a region has been officially declared a “disaster area” by the government, property owners have access to more significant resources. This can include access to financial assistance and temporary housing. Your flood insurance company may have more information, but if you don’t have that, you can contact FEMA directly.
Mold can develop in as little as 24 hours after a flood. Once you’ve documented the damage, it’s vital to remove wet material, such as carpeting and bedding. If furniture is submerged for more than a day, those items will likely need to be disposed of.
Weigh Future Options
Deciding whether to rebuild your home or cut your losses and move is a difficult one. This dilemma weighs financial concerns, sentimental attachments, and future risk. This is especially true for homes that are not in floodplains or previously considered to be at risk for flooding. It can help to speak with a professional about what the best options are.
Looking towards the future, it’s important to make sure you have a plan of action for flooding. Keep all vital documents, such as birth certificates, passports and emergency cash in one location. Keeping these items secure and portable will allow you to grab them quickly in the event of an impending flood. Learn more about flood insurance policies available to you, and consider investing in a temporary inflatable bladder dam to protect your home from flood damage.
Hope For The Best, Plan For the Worst
Flooding can happen almost anywhere, but especially if you live in a low-lying area near a body of water, such as near a river, coastline or bayou. While no one wants to think about natural disasters, it’s important to prepare for anything. Keeping an emergency kit with important documents, food, water, and clothing, is always a good idea. Being proactive in the face of uncertainty can give you a sense of control and reassurance to carry you through difficult times.
Contact Us to learn more about inflatable water dams for flood prevention.
Flooding often happens along with many other storm-related events. For this reason, floods remain the #1 natural disaster in the U.S. Flooding can happen without warning and the damage is swift and devastating. The impact to life and property can seem beyond repair. Use the following guide to help prepare your family and property for flooding this year.
Flood Preparedness: The Basics
It’s never a good idea to walk or drive through flood waters, even if you think it’s only a few inches. 6 inches is enough for moving water to knock you off your feet. It only takes 2 feet to move your vehicle. Just don’t do it. At the first chance of flash flooding, move somewhere higher. If you are in your vehicle and the water is rising around you, take every precaution. If the water is not moving, abandon your vehicle to higher ground. It is extremely dangerous to exit your vehicle into moving floodwaters. Additionally, be smart where you park your car during heavy rainfall. Rivers and other streams are prone to flooding quickly. To be safe, just turn around.
What to do During a Flood Watch
When a flood watch is issued in your area, it means the conditions are good for flooding. You need to be aware. Keep your radio or tv turned on and tuned into a reliable source for weather updates and emergency information. Explore your surroundings for higher ground you could reach quickly, maybe even by foot. Take inventory of your emergency kit and make sure you have plenty of everything including a flashlight, batteries, a first aid kit, and extra cash. Be ready to turn off your electricity and gas at the main switch when instructed.
What to do During a Flood Warning
When a flood warning is issued in your area, it means flooding is already happening or will happen soon. You need to take action. Move immediately and remain on higher ground. Listen to emergency instructions and be ready to evacuate if directed. Do not drive or walk through flood waters, no matter how low you think they are.
What to do After a Flood
Wait for instructions from authorities to return safely to your home. Take photographs of any damage to your property for insurance claims. When you are out and about, watch for debris and eroded roads and pathways. Avoid standing water and driving through areas still flooded. Remember, there is a chance for electrocution due to downed power lines and other electrical hazards.
Before the Flood
It is a good time to make sure you are prepared in the case of heavy flooding. Make sure you have a flood emergency plan and be sure to restock your emergency kit. Look into your area emergency plans and locate places of higher ground should you need to evacuate. Flood insurance is a good protection to have, but keep in mind it only works after flood damage has already occurred. For flood prevention, consider purchasing a flood barrier. They are easy to deploy and store, and will prevent flood waters from damaging your property.
Be Prepared. Stay Dry.
You never know when flooding could happen in your area. Floods accompany many other storms and the damage they bring is devastating. Use this guide to know what to do before, during, and after flooding occurs. Contact Us for more information on flood preparedness and the use of flood barriers for prevention.
Nature never rests and neither can you when it comes to protecting your property. Thunderstorms, hurricanes, and tornadoes are unpredictable and pose serious threats to life and property. All three of these extreme weather conditions can also cause flooding. You never know when inclement weather will strike, so it’s good to always be prepared. Consider how to prepare your property for heavy flooding this year.
Extreme Weather and Flooding
According to floodsmart.gov, floods rank as the #1 natural disaster here in the United States. They are devastating to your property if you’re not prepared. The cost of just a few inches of floodwater can be tens of thousands of dollars. Normal homeowners insurance typically does not cover flooding. While it is a really good idea to have flood insurance, it always better to prevent flooding than recuperating from it. Since many different types of inclement weather also cause flooding, it is imperative to prepare your property for this year’s storms.
Prevention: The Best Option
This year make sure your property will not suffer damage from flooding by installing a flood barrier system. Prevent damage to your property from invasive water. A flood barrier system can be deployed within minutes by as little as 2 people. They can be repaired easily in wet or dry conditions, and are reusable. They create a barrier around your property by inflating themselves with the surrounding floodwater. Your property stays safe until the floodwaters recede.
Protect Your Property
There is no way to predict when inclement weather will pose a serious threat to your property. Your best defense is to prepare your property now for this year’s storms. Don’t get caught after the matter trying to repair damage and make insurance claims. Contact Us to learn more about how our flood barrier systems can protect your property during this year’s extreme weather and flooding.
If you are a football fan, it’s likely you’ve seen the snow coming down in sheets as you watch your favorite team battle it out on the turf of their northern rival on tv. Or maybe you’ve vacationed up north recently. You have a jolly good time playing in the snow and then reluctantly leave lovely snow angels behind, returning home to the gloom of a cold rainy day. It’s easy to wish that it would snow in your state more or that more snow would fall when it finally does get cold enough to freeze. But snow is not all fun and games – these snowstorms can be quite messy – especially during snowmelt season.
Snowmelt season is exactly what it sounds like – the period of time when snow begins to melt. And the water has to go somewhere! Often this leads to flooding in our streets, homes, and places of business. Just like with inland flooding, melting snow can be a disaster, causing major damage to your property.
So Who Should Prepare for Snowmelt Season?
- People who own a home.
- People who own or operate a business.
- People who own a vehicle.
Residential Property Owners
If you are a homeowner in an area where snow is common, you’ll want to protect your investment as well as the cherished memories you have within the walls of your home.
Commercial Property Owners
Whether you are the business owner or manager in areas prone to snow, your Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Plan should address the risk of snowmelt flooding to your commercial property.
Finally, if you own a vehicle you will want to be sure that it is safe and protected from the rising waters produced by snowmelt flooding.
When to Prepare for Snowmelt Season
Although snowmelt season doesn’t officially begin until spring, you should definitely prepare for snowmelt flooding in advance. When you think of mitigating your risk for damages due to a flood, the first thing you might think to do is purchase flood insurance. While flood insurance is great to have, it does not prevent your property from becoming flooded from high waters. Insurance simply serves as a way to replace or repair what you’ve lost. If you truly value your property and belongings, you will want a way to prevent the water from causing damage in the first place. That is where the Water Inflated Property Protector (WIPP® System) comes into play. The WIPP® reduces or minimizes the damage actually caused to your property while maximizing protection during floods and works well for both commercial and residential properties. It can even protect your vehicle if you move it into the area inside the barrier.
The time to prepare for snowmelt season is now. The coldest parts of the winter months are upon us, followed by the warmer, sunnier months of spring. The water will rise – will you be prepared? Contact us today to learn more about the WIPP® and how it can provide the best protection for your home, business, and vehicles.
The Insider’s Guide to Snowmelt Flooding Protection
If you are anywhere up north, it’s likely your area has received large amounts of snow already this year. Snowy banks and icy rivers can set the scene for a beautiful winter wonderland, but when the temperatures rise, and the snow and ice begin to melt, you can have a big problem on your hands.
What Causes Snowmelt Flooding?
Snowmelt flooding is a common threat in the months leading up to spring. Not only does the ice and snow become water, but the hardened ground is unable to absorb the abundance of water produced. As this water flows from the surface into natural water sources such as lakes and streams, the excess begins to overflow and spill into the roadways and terrains, posing a threat for residential and commercial flooding.
How to Prepare Your Property for the Spring Thaw
While snowmelt itself cannot be prevented, a proper flood barrier system can reduce the likelihood that your property is damaged by the flooding waters. Flood barriers can be placed around your home or commercial building to keep the rising waters out and protect your property.
The WIPP® Flood Barrier System
Hydrological Solutions’ Water Inflated Property Protector or WIPP® System, is designed to reduce the risk and minimize the damage to commercial and residential property caused by snowmelt flooding. This flood barrier system is made from industrial grade vinyl coated polyester and laminated between two layers of flexible polyvinyl chloride and comes in a variety of sizes to best fit your needs.
Unlike sandbags, The WIPP® is environmentally friendly, cost-effective, and easy to install. Hazmat procedures are not required for disposal – you simply deflate the WIPP®, roll it up, and store it and then reuse it next time the snowmelt flooding poses a threat to your home or commercial building.
Learn more about the how the WIPP® compares to Sandbags for Flood Protection.
It is important to be thoroughly prepared for the damage caused by flooding, but why go through the hassle of repairing or rebuilding when the WIPP® can prevent the destruction of your property? Add the WIPP® Flood Barrier to your flood emergency preparedness plan and take away the worry and stress associated with the damage that snowmelt flooding can cause.
Contact Us to find out more about the WIPP® for snowmelt flooding protection.