What Would You Do If...?
“What would you do if……?” Emergency Ready Preparedness, knowing what your company should do in case of an emergency is the place to start. The sprinklers go off in the middle of the night, who takes charge, who calls who? Do you know where and how to turn off the water during freezing temperatures when the pipes burst and flood the offices or the apartments? Do your tenants know who to call? Are you really prepared?
These are the questions that everyone should know the answers to considering it is wintertime and the freezing weather is upon us. Broken pipes can cause flooding and flooding is ranked as one of the most common and widespread disasters. This includes natural flooding as well, heaving rains from hurricanes to melting snow is a potential for flood damage.
On average, floods cost $6 billion in annual losses in the U.S. Flooding can also result from plumbing failures, frozen pipes and damaged structures. Flood damage can affect your business operation in a variety of ways and can range in size from being isolated to a single room to entire floors being fully submerged. In Texas, Hurricane Harvey damages could cost up to $180 Billion. That’s Billion. Some companies may not recover, like in Louisiana with Hurricane Katrina in 2005, many businesses are still closed.
Space heaters cause about one-third of all winter house fires and 80 percent of all winter heating fire deaths, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Everyone should be made aware of the safety issues with heaters as well as how and where to turn off the electricity in case of an emergency.
But at SERVPRO we want to help you recover by working hard to help you and your company be prepared so we can say our motto, “Like it never even happened.”