Storm Preparation for Businesses on The East End
As East Coast business owners watch what effects Hurricane Dorian may have on the entire East Coast from Florida up through Massachusetts, we can only do what we are able to in order to prepare for the worst, and hope for the best. Storms of any size can wreak havoc on any property. You may not be able to avoid a flooded property, but there are measures you can take to reduce the overall impact of its damage. When storms are approaching, here are some actions to take.
1. Keep Valuables on Upper Floors
Flooding is most likely to impact the basement, garage and lower floors of your property. Therefore, it is prudent to keep irreplaceable items on an upper level. In the event your property only occupies one floor, try to keep important belongings on counter tops or on high shelves.
2. Back Up Data
While there are benefits to holding onto physical copies of documents, papers cannot be salvaged when exposed to flood water. With numerous types of software and scanning devices available, it is easier than ever to backup documents on an computer. Do this as soon as you have access to a good system.
3. Locate Weak Points
If you live in an area where buildings are prone to flood damage, you want to ensure your business is always up to par. Have a professional come out once in a while to inspect your building’s roof, basement and gutters so that any points of damage can be addressed before the storm hits.
4. Check Your Insurance Policy
Check your insurance policy to make sure you are covered for flood insurance. Ask your insurance company about other ways you may be able to insure yourself in the event of damage.
5. Develop a Business Continuity Plan
A component of any business plan should include continuity measures for how the business will carry on even if the physical establishment needs to close for a while. Perhaps employees can work from home until the building is safe to inhabit again. If you own a retail store, you may need to focus on online sales while the physical storefront is being repaired.
Whether you own a dry cleaner, real estate business or law practice, you need to prepare your building for impending water damage.
Take note of any professional company near you that can aid you if flood water enters your building. Call SERVPRO of The East End at 631-653-9595 should you have any other questions about your specific property.