Emergency Preparedness Plan
Having a hurricane preparedness plan can be the key to safely navigating your business and staff through impending danger, and ensuring a safe and speedy return to normal operations once it’s passed.
Use the following steps to prepare your business for hurricane damage:
Emergency Recovery Plan
After the storm has passed, contact your employees to make sure they are safe. Organize a recovery team to begin getting your business back on its feet once emergency agencies say it’s safe to return.
Your recovery team should include all of your key team members and trusted vendors: electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and fire protection, as well as general maintenance people for cleanup. Designate a recovery team leader who is responsible for getting cleanup supplies, as well as replacement parts and equipment. Your team leader should assess the damage and create an action plan to address the following:
Your recovery team will need to perform an assessment of all your electrical, mechanical, and fire protection systems. Your water supply should also be tested for possible contaminants before being utilized for potable purposes.
Restoration of electrical service and equipment should only be performed by a trained and certified technician. They should check all equipment to ensure that it has been totally dried and tested before electrical circuits are re-energized.
All fire protection equipment, alarms, and sprinkler systems should be checked for damage, and the fire department should be notified if any of those systems will be out of service. If life safety systems must remain out of operation you should hire a licensed security company to perform a continual fire watch until all systems are restored service.
Finally, keep your team informed of any unsafe conditions and keep them updated on the progress of recovery operations.
If you would like assistance in evaluating the preparedness of your property or business’ fire and life safety systems or if you need help getting your fire protection systems back in working order after a storm, please don’t hesitate to contact Sprinklermatic Fire Protection Systems, Inc. at 954-327-3686.