In 2017, the United States experienced one of the worst years of natural disasters in history. From floods to fires, there were catastrophes at every turn.
Some of these floods are expected when hurricanes strike. But, as the weather turns warmer, areas that are heavily hit by snow begin to worry about it melting. Rivers start rising, as they do every spring, but most people don’t think, or prepare for, seasonal flooding.
Floods can lead to other serious events, like landslides, which affected areas in California last year. The bottom line is that everyone, even those not located in a flood-prone area, need to be prepared for flooding. Here are some ways to do just that.
1. Have a comprehensive emergency plan
The first step to any emergency preparation is to have a plan. CCS can help you with any, or all, of your plan. Over the past few years, the healthcare industry was hit hard with emergency preparedness regulations, and all facilities should have a plan to respond to any and all risks that are identified for their area.
2. Plan an evacuation route
During hurricane season, we often hear the phrase, “Hide from the wind, run from water,” and it’s true. Your organization and all of the people associated with it need to be prepared to flee if flooding happens. They need to know where to go, how to get there, and a safe method of doing so.
3. Get flood insurance
Each insurance policy is different, and those who are in a flood-prone area are more aware of what their policy covers. But even those who are not in a flood-prone area should check to see what kind of water damage or hurricane damage their insurance policy covers. The best time to do this is before severe weather is headed your way.
4. Prepare an emergency kit
When preparing to evacuate, your organization will need to have supplies. Again, this is something that must be done ahead of time. From drinking water to medical supplies, everything should be assembled and easily accessible.
5. Protect your information
If a flood destroys your building, you’ll be thankful that you took precautions to update your digital files and store them somewhere else. Fire-safe boxes can also help protect physical documents that your organization needs to keep. Make sure when you are uploading information that you keep in mind your organization’s cybersecurity policies.
6. Prepare your building
With warning, several precautions can be taken to reduce the amount of water damage. Steps that can be taken include moving items up onto tables or shelves, placing sandbags at doorways, and even removing items from the building. However, once the water starts entering a structure, it is time to leave immediately. Never risk your safety to save a physical item.
As spring approaches, floods become a more common event. And, don’t forget that hurricane season is just a few months away. Take steps today to prepare your organization for the unexpected. CCS can help with any step along the way.