Owning a successful business requires a significant amount of planning and work. The hiring of employees, determining rules of management and staff, insuring your company’s employees and many other considerations all take an extensive amount of organization and planning. But one aspect of owning a business that is often overlooked, is disaster plans, as a sort of insurance against the utter destruction of nature and a flood. Natural disasters happen more often than people would like to think about. Accordingly, businesses in areas prone to things like dry summers and rainy winters need flood damage mitigation.
Know the Lay of the Land
So how can you set up your business so that your building and your staff are safe from disasters such as flooding? Firstly you must take considerations of your business’ location in relation to the natural landscape around you. Are you located in a flat section of land surrounded by hills or mountains? If so, this may make your building more susceptible to flood risks. Set up an evacuation plan if you are unable to move the location of your business.
Pay Attention to Your Weather
Even if you are not in a landscape that typically suffers from floods, it pays to be aware of the weather patterns around your part of town. Summer storms can wreak just as much havoc as winter rains, so being aware of significant rainfall risks can help you keep your business on the track to safety and dry land. Floods can cause damage when they are as low as three feet deep – cracks in foundations and causing pressure sores on walls are all risks from floods only three feet deep.
Condition of Water
The condition of water that may flood your business can also vary in levels of danger to your business and your employees. If you are in an area surrounded by sewers or drainage ditches with a propensity for overrunning during heavy rains, your business may be faced with dirty, brackish water. In such cases, contaminated water with debris floating in it can cause severe damage to the infrastructure of buildings and flood protection measures. Ensuring that you give employees the options to stay home on days threatening floods or heavy rain storms is advisable.
Be Aware of Road Works
Construction or severe road work diversions can cause flood waters to change course to take new directions than allotted on flood maps or emergency evacuation routes. Depending on the size of such construction sites, the danger to your business may now be a risk where previously you would have been situated in a very safe location from flood risks. Knowing your surroundings is incredibly important in ensuring that you can keep your business and your employees safe from floods. Making sure that employees are sent home long before a flood is a risk will keep your staff safe.
Having an evacuation plan for all employees is a good rule of thumb for running a successful business. The evacuation drill should be practiced at least annually if your business is located in a flood-prone area. The fact is that floods can happen anywhere, and they generally do come without warning despite everyone’s efforts to advise of danger. So ensuring your company is aware of the dangers that floods pose, and that you put an evacuation plan in place should the danger of flooding happen, send employees home when there are flood risks, and allow working from home on stormy days, are all keys as disaster plans in case of flooding.