Planning for Severe Weather With Your Family | SERVPRO® of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch
Severe weather can strike without warning, and even though most of the time we have the benefit of advanced warning, it’s those surprises that leave us vulnerable.
Fortunately, there are different steps you can take and safety tips to follow that will ensure your family is prepared for different severe weather situations.Setting Up a Severe Weather Plan for Your Family
The best way to come out on top when severe weather strikes is to put together an established family emergency plan.
If you have already taken this step and your family does have an emergency plan in place, be sure to practice, discuss and review it as the different weather seasons commence so everyone knows exactly how to respond to the situation.
If a family emergency plan has not yet been compiled, consider some of these considerations when creating it:
1. How will you receive emergency notifications?
Emergency alerts and warnings are always broadcast over televisions and radios, but thanks to today’s technologies, it is easy to receive emergency alerts and warnings through Google or a weather app on your smartphone, which enables you to quickly receive emergency alerts and provides you with valuable time in severe weather situations.
2. What are your storm shelter options?
You’ll want your shelter to be in your basement or an interior room without windows or doors and not in corners or on the outside walls on the lowest level of your home if you live in an area where tornadoes are common. Tornadoes aren’t the only weather circumstances that require a form of storm shelter, and you can find out more about more of the types of situations that call for them by visiting ready.gov.
3. Are there multiple evacuation routes?
You should always have multiple routes mapped out that can serve as evacuation routes since things such as hurricanes, flooding and fires can force you from your home in a hurry. It’s wise to have multiple routes should one route become impassable, and be sure to find accommodations that allow your pets along the way if you have furry family members evacuate with you.
4. How will you stay in touch?
Staying in touch with family is important and it is easy to rely on cell phones for this purpose, but what if cell towers are destroyed in the storm or power is lost? Cell service would be lost, cell phones will not be able to be recharged with no power, or phones could be lost or left behind in your rush to evacuate.
Your family will need an emergency communication plan in place, as well as a pre-determined, safe meeting place in case you get separated.
If a storm does cause damage to your home or business, don’t hesitate to call your friends at SERVPRO® of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch to get the cleanup and restoration process started.
Reasons to Have a Disaster Plan for Your Business | SERVPRO® of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch
The key to being able to recover from the disasters such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and earthquakes that Mother Nature can throw at us is to be prepared for a multitude of worst-case scenarios.
Some of the considerations that need to be addressed when preparing for those scenarios are discussed in this blog.What to Consider
Where your business is involved, there will be many things you will need to consider concerning a disaster plan. Everything from your employees to your business’s assets should be included.
Some considerations to address include:
- Employee protection
- Asset protection
- Getting your business back up and running again
Fortunately, there are sources like the Red Cross, FEMA and Ready.gov that have created checklists availablethat can help you identify areas that need to be included in your natural disaster preparedness plan and also show you how prepared you truly are.Protecting Employees and Visitors
Having a plan that lays out procedures and safety measures to follow for employees and visitors is extremely important should a disaster strike without warning. Evacuation routes and exits from your facility should be properly marked and visible. Identify an area that will be used as a shelter space, have designated “safety wardens” properly trained and ready to implement your disaster plan and assist with all emergency efforts, and consider installing emergency lighting throughout your workspace.
Obviously, when choosing a shelter space, a basement or storm cellar is the ideal location in the event of tornadoes or other high-wind situations. A small interior room on the lowest level, such as a closet or interior hallway, should be used if there is no basement space.How to Protect Assets
There are thousands of dollars at risk when a natural disaster strikes, so it only makes sense to devise a plan to protect the assets inside the building even if your business is located in a brick and mortar location.
Always have a comprehensive and up-to-date inventory of your assets and, if possible, have photographs prior to a disaster and keep these stored in a safe place as it will be helpful if insurance claims have to be made. Look into a cloud storage option for safely keeping computer files and assets, and make sure your backup system is working.
As a building owner, work with a contractor to uncover areas that need improvement regarding structural integrity. This contractor will be able to walk you through possible safety upgrades and offer advice on any areas that may not be able to stand against certain weather situations.Getting Back to Work
When a natural disaster does occur, you may have to close the doors to your business for several days or months to recover from the damage. Every day you remain closed becomes another day of lost profits. Having a fund for a “rainy day” helps with additional costs that are not covered by your insurance.
Locate and establish a relationship with a list of contractors who would be available for construction matters, and find a cleanup and restoration service that will be available to quickly respond to your emergency situation.
With SERVPRO® of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch, you can count on us to get to the disaster faster and make it "Like it never even happened." Our training and expertise have prepared us to help with water damage, storm damage, fire damage and mold remediation quickly and effectively.
Knowing what to do when disaster strikes your business is of the utmost importance. When it comes to the cleanup and restoration aspects, depend on SERVPRO® of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch to be there for you.
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