A flood preparedness checklist can help you avert the devastating impacts of floodwater on your business. This is especially important if you live in a flood-prone region like southern Texas. Although you can use flood insurance to reinstate your business, some damages are irreversible. It’s better to prevent the damages than to repair them.
Many regions in the United States experience unpredictable storms and flooding. While you may not always have a lot of warning, any preparation you can do ahead of time will help you immensely in an emergency. We’ve come up with an effective flood preparation checklist to get you started.
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Protect Items Inside the Building
If you have items that can get damaged easily by floodwater, you need to move them to safer points in your office. Move the delicate items to the second floor or at least a very high shelf to protect them from water.
Items you should work hard to keep protected include:
- File folders
Pro Tip: Keep digital backups of all your business paperwork. If the physical copies are destroyed or lost in a flood, you won’t lose any important data.
Cover Fragile Equipment
Another way to prepare for floods is by covering the critical equipment that flood water can destroy in your commercial property. Cover these items when you get a flood warning:
- Office computers
- Field machinery
- Business equipment
- Important storage units (eg., filing cabinets)
- Any furniture that is too big or heavy to move
Prepare an Emergency Kit
Before evacuating to a safer place, you need to prepare your emergency box. Pack everything in a waterproof container that you can easily grab and run at a moment’s notice. Your emergency pack should include:
- 3 days’ worth of water and non-perishable food per person you’re evacuating with
- Weather radio (preferably powered by a hand crank)
- First aid kit
- Any specialized medical supplies you require
Invest in Anti-Flooding Equipment
Installing a water barrier, such as the Aqua-Barrier, around your property is the best way to prepare for impending floods. Simply position the barrier around your business and fill it with water prior to the flood arriving. Our specialized flood barrier will keep out floodwaters up to 5 feet deep and protect your business from severe water damage.
Protect Your Business
Floods are one of the most devastating natural disasters, making preparation ahead of time essential. Remember to protect delicate items in the building, prepare an emergency box, and invest in an inflatable barrier to keep the water at bay. Although flooding can present numerous challenges to your business, we at Hydrological Solutions are ready to help protect your business from floodwaters.
Connect with us to learn more about flood preparations.