Contributed by South Florida Servpro locations in Palm Beach, Broward, and Dade counties / Published October 2017
In light of the recent devastation from Hurricane Irma in Florida and Hurricane Harvey in Texas, this is an important time to focus on pre-planning prior to a storm. We should all take action to prepare and focus on planning for unpredictable disasters in the home or workplace. Disasters devastate not only individuals and neighborhoods but also entire communities, including businesses of all sizes. As an employer in your community, having a business continuity plan can help protect your company, its employees, and its infrastructure, and it will maximize your chances of recovery after an emergency or disaster. Our neighborhoods must work together as a team to ensure that our families, businesses, neighborhoods, and communities are ready.
According to the latest research, up to 50 percent of businesses become crippled or close down following a disaster. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Storm and flood damage can be devastating. Immediate action is needed, and your priority should be to partner with a national restoration company with local resources who has access to a huge network of experts and has storm damage experience. Knowing what to do and who to call in advance is the key to quick response and timely mitigation. Having a plan in place may help minimize the financial impact on your property as well as your recovery time after a disaster. The key is to get help to get you back in your home or office following a disaster as quickly as possible.
You are likely aware of routine preparation for your residents, but it is a good idea to remind everyone what to do prior to a storm. Preparation may include circulating a local hurricane preparedness guide; updating all personal information for staff and residents; securing and photographing valuables; regularly maintaining current videotapes of their home for documentation; checking for access into all units; updating any insurance information; and managing the outside of their property regarding landscaping, trees, or any potential flying objects. In the event of a casualty to the condominium property, unit owners should be clear on what they are responsible for repairing or replacing, such as all personal property; floor, wall, and ceiling coverings; electrical fixtures; appliances; water heaters; water filters; built-in cabinets and countertops; and window treatments, including curtains, drapes, blinds, and hardware.
It is no secret that many properties, families, and individuals are looking to cut back on spending. But with the frequency of disasters, both natural and man-made, can you afford to not be prepared? Preparedness doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Here are some tips for preparedness on a budget.
Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. Since SERVPRO® is the category leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration, they have been committed to helping the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in their efforts to promote the importance of preparedness planning. The goals of this preparedness planning are to minimize the impact of a storm by having an on-going process for your property to mitigate the effects of dangerous debris, impassable roadways, no electricity, no running water, and the inability to get your association up and running. A workable site plan for your property that shows the locations of fire pumps, generators, pool pumps, fuel storage, electrical rooms, shut-off valves, and any other pertinent information is fundamental information to identify prior to a disaster. SERVPRO® offers this survey, complimentary, to all community associations, rental properties, and commercial structures, with the goal of helping these properties get back in shape after a disaster strikes.
Servpro® Emergency Ready Profile® (ERP)
For more information, call 1-800-SERVPRO or visit servpro.com. The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) is a tool for property managers and owners, both residential and commercial, to know that you are “Ready for whatever happens.” You will minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage affect your assets. Florida, Help Is Here! Whether you are facing a small water leak, a devastating fire, mold in your home or office, or a catastrophic storm, SERVPRO is the one to call.