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A Disaster Preparation Plan for Your Business

As a business owner, you are always thinking about the future, and you know that disasters are something you need to be prepared for. Flooding, fire, and extreme weather can happen at any time. Possessions are often ruined, and the structures of businesses can be negatively affected. Staff can become injured or find themselves in dangerous situations, and these are scenarios you will want to be able to prevent or be ready for.  A professional damage restoration company can be an important and welcomed resource during times like these; such companies are able to complete all necessary repairs in a timely and efficient manner as well as keep you and your work force out of harm’s way.

While disastrous situations can rarely be foreseen, planning ahead in preparation for any damage will help you be prepared to handle such an event. Some areas of your business are going to be more apt to experience damage than others during extreme weather. For example, low-lying areas like basements, cellars, and parking lots are most likely to experience weather damage.

Planning ahead in these areas will help:

  • Basements and cellars need to be watched during wet weather since they have a number of easy entry points for water. If there is heavy rainfall during inclement weather, or if the building is near a body of water such as a lake or river, they are going to be in danger. Keep an eye open for cracks in the foundation, ceiling, and walls of these areas. Handling the aftermath of flooding and storm damage can be very expensive, but is an event that can be avoided if you plan ahead.
  • A damaged roof, either from weather or fire, is susceptible to water damage, and the areas underneath it will suffer. If rain gutters have not been properly maintained, you may experience some problems stemming from standing water, as well. It does not take long for mold growth to begin a colony, so proper planning can be a real help here. Be ready to dry affected areas completely as soon as possible to prevent this event.
  • If areas such as entryways, windows, and doors are not properly sealed against wet conditions, water damage is a definite danger. Make sure they are free of standing water and debris, as well, if flooding occurs. Proper planning in this area can prevent injuries and costly repairs.
  • Make sure that all areas around your buildings are kept free from flammable materials and that all plants and trees are trimmed well on a regular basis to prevent fires from spreading if they occur.
  • State law requires that you post an evacuation plan in a visible place for your staff and customers. Make sure that your employees understand it and know how to carefully guide clientele to safe areas should a disaster occur. Have a phone tree established so that all employees are alerted to important information whether they are at work or at home.

Our team here at Ascension General Contractors is ready to help in case of disaster, and the repairs your business may need in the aftermath. Call us today at (615) 750 2345, or visit our website.

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