There are two stages to dealing with natural emergencies, preparation and recovery. Certified protective gear will be extensively relied upon before, during, and after the impact of a hurricane or a super storm. Get a head start on what to do, how to do it, and when to start-which will always be sooner than later.
Create a plan
Every step of an emergency plan is critical. Organize the order of each step to securely take your response plan to the next level without any fallbacks. Know which tools connect to which level of emergency for a faster plan of action.
Prepare & stock up
Ensure a successful plan with well stocked emergency supplies. Determine what’s needed most and utilized frequently so that a solid stockpile number can be relied upon. This ensures how quickly a response can be carried out.
Secure multiple ways of obtaining information that you or emergency team rely upon. Communication between emergency responders and knowledge based sources offers strong direction and new developments on the current situation.
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Make sure you have all hotline communications logged and that emergency wireless commutation devices are well powered with backup batteries.
Don't let Plan A be the only answer. Develop a backup plan to have all angles covered.
Stay up to date on information from OSHA, CDC and local sources of knowledge for the latest on emergency practices and equipment.download checklist >>
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Always Check Local Agencies
When a hurricane strikes you will need to stay indoors. Don’t wait for that moment to start looking for professional safety advice. Have a list of official contacts ready to follow. Below are a list of links with more information on hurricane safety from national organizations and emergency management agencies.https://www.osha.gov/dts/weather/hurricane/ https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/index.html https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/20130726-1622-20490-3346/hurricanefactsheet_final.pdf
Flooding is the #1 disaster in the United States. Water damage can be devastating. Whether your water damage was caused by storm flooding, ground water, or a water system malfunction, water damage leaves its mark.
A basic business insurance plan covers flood damage. However, if you are not in a flood plain, you're not required to purchase it and many people do not. Flood insurance has fine print that is easily missed, so be very specific with your representative about what they cover.read more >>
Once a region has been officially declared a "disaster area" by government authorities, property owners have access to increased resources, possible financial assistance, and public services to protect and remediate the area.read more >>
Once you get insurance approval, use a sump pump and a wet vac to remove the water. Water is heavy, so be safe when carrying water up and out. Use blower fans and floor dryers to dry the area and allow fresh air to circulate. Document the stages of your cleanup.read more >>
Make sure your structure has been declared safe by the proper authorities before entering or beginning any assessment of damage. Wear protective clothing such as waterproof footwear, gloves, safety goggles and hard hats. Contact utility companies to report any damage.read more >>
Mold and mildew are fungi that can start growing within 24 hours after a flood, and can lurk throughout an office space from top to bottom as well as in crawl spaces.read more >>
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Flooding damage can affect rugs, floors, walls and more, and will need to be dried thoroughly with wet/dry vacs, blower fans, and floor dryers.
Mold can develop as quickly as 24 hours after a flood so it's important to use mold removal specific products to eliminate stains completely.
Have basic janitorial products like sweepers, floor scrubbers, garbage/recycling cans, ladders, cleaners and more to maintain cleanup efforts.