Open Accessibility Menu
Hide

How to Prepare Your Business for a Hurricane

Flood Damage
Author: ServiceMaster Restore

Safety and survival are always your number one priority when facing a hurricane, but if time and conditions allow, you want to prepare your business to weather the storm, too. Check out these tips from the restoration professionals at ServiceMaster Restore to secure your business and minimize the damages from Hurricane Irma and future natural disasters.

1. Communicate with Employees

If you have a business emergency plan already in place, review it immediately with your employees to ensure the safety of both your property and people. Go over or create a plan to communicate with staff and keep the lines of communication open before, during and after the storm, even if cell towers or phone lines become unavailable.

If the hurricane is far enough from land and there's enough time, you can discuss each person's role in preparing the business and property to survive hurricane damage. Always remember, however, that keeping people safe is the most important priority in any emergency situation.

2. Protect Your Property and Possessions

If it's safe to remain in your area, you can take several actions to increase your preparedness and minimize property damage:

  • Stock up on emergency supplies. See our general hurricane survival supply list and tweak it to meet your business needs.
  • Secure windows and doors. Board up openings with plywood to help keep wind, water and debris out.
  • Lay sand bags around the building's perimeter to help block or slow water penetration.
  • Bolt large furniture pieces and storage shelves to wall studs.
  • Unplug all electronic devices and shut off all utilities.
  • Move expensive equipment to high ground, if possible. If floodwaters do make it inside, your possessions have a better chance of surviving on higher floors or shelves.
  • Keep records of your business's possessions and take pre-hurricane pictures of the property for insurance purposes.
  • Back up electronic documents and data to offsite storage, like electronic cloud storage or similar service, such as Google Docs.
  • Stash important paper documents in waterproof containers and store them as high as possible, or move them offsite if time allows.

3. Monitor Storm Updates

Listen to local, state and national radio stations for the most recent hurricane updates. Prepare an exit strategy in case evacuation is necessary. Don't postpone leaving to tend to your property. Keep in contact with your employees to make sure you're all updated on road closures and the latest storm information. You want make sure your family, friends and employees all make it out of the danger zone safely so you can all return to rebuild after the storm.

Once the storm passes and it's safe to return to your property, assess damages and take the first steps toward recovery. Call your insurance providers if you need to file a claim, and then contact experienced water damage restoration experts to help you rebuild your business. Our local teams are prepared to stand by your side 24/7/365 – because at the end of the day, we're all just neighbors helping neighbors.

Related Articles

  • Flood Watch vs Warning: What's the Difference?
    Flood Watch vs Warning: What's the Difference? When your local weather service issues a watch or watching for a tornado, hurricane, or other natural disaster, it probably makes you stop what you’re doing and start going through your mental checklist. Family emergency plan , safe shelter, preparedness kit – you want to ... Continue Reading
  • Different Types of Floods and Where They Occur
    Different Types of Floods and Where They Occur When you think of flooding, it probably seems like a very straightforward thing. Rain, rain, rain. Nowhere for the water to go. Flooding. However, it isn’t quite so straightforward. There are several different types of floods, and the damage each can do to your home can be ... Continue Reading
  • DIY Flood Cleanup Mistakes To Avoid
    DIY Flood Cleanup Mistakes To Avoid Flood damage can happen without warning, and when it does, the fallout can be extensive and unpredictable. Trying to fix it with a box fan is going to cause more harm than help in the long run, as hidden damage and mold warp and infect your house’s structure. Learning the ... Continue Reading
  • What to Do When Your Basement Floods
    What to Do When Your Basement Floods A flooded basement hits like an oncoming train. Whether the problem stems from a broken pipe, failed sump pump or the result of a heavy downpour that found its way inside, a flooded basement needs to be dealt with immediately to prevent long-term damage. When dealing with ... Continue Reading
Page 1 of 5