With the Hurricane season upon us, you should be paying attention to possible flooding issues should we become affected by a storm. Even if your office was safe in the past, you should note that new construction of buildings, roads or bridges can alter the flow of water, so you should always be prepared. If your business is in a high-risk zone this can increase the chances you’ll experience a flood; but being outside of the area doesn’t mean flooding isn’t possible.
Here are some tips on how you can minimize or prevent water damage to your commercial property. These tips can help you prepare and recover from possible flood damage.
Before the Flood:
- Inspect drains and sump pumps to ensure they are operating properly
- Move important equipment above expected flood levels
- Make sure emergency building materials are ready if your business is in a flood-prone area, these include, but are not limited to, plywood, plastic sheeting, shovels and sandbags.
During the Flood:
- Keep your smartphone charged in case you lose power; this will ensure you are still able to receive alerts or can place an emergency call.
- Listen for alerts for the latest storm information.
- If you are asked to evacuate, shut off all utilities and leave immediately
- Move to high ground and avoid rising water.
- Stay clear of downed power lines and electrical wires
After the Flood:
- Do not return to your business until you’ve been told it is safe to do so.
- Throw away any food that has been in contact with flood water.
- Inspect your office for damage, and immediately report the loss if your business has been damaged.
- Call The Jones Companies in Jacksonville/Onslow County and surrounding areas to assist with your restoration efforts at 910-455-9960.