Disaster Preparedness Plan
One of the most common crises that people across the state of Minnesota face is flooding in their own property, which may be caused by leaking or burst pipes, a serious storm, heavy rains that can collapse roofs, sewer backups, and even large scale natural floods.
Having a disaster preparedness plan prepared in advance can make a large difference to the outcomes both for the affected property and also for the health and safety of the people involved. In a commercial property, it is essential that roles are delegated, and that the company has a safety officer on-site constantly, who will be trained to assess the situation and determine the correct course of action in the case a disaster strikes.
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There are 4 crucial phases in the process of Emergency Management that is the template from which we can safely pick the best way to manage a disaster, whenever, or wherever it strikes.
Prevention: This is primarily about reducing and mitigating potential risks, having good safety protocols in place for your business, and ensuring that your staff is appropriately trained in the relevant health and safety procedures.
Preparedness: When a disaster strikes, such as a flooding event, then the first thing we need to do is to fall back on our disaster management plans, in this way we can be sure we are taking the proper actions. This includes having the right safety equipment at your company, effective preparation, in-house staff training so that if a disaster strikes you can respond in the best way possible.
Response: Having a good preparedness plan in place will make it possible for you to effectively respond to the emergency, but response also requires excellent communication, within your own team as well as with emergency services and other governmental authorities. Your response should include evacuating employees, working with the fire services as well as your neighborhood disaster relief partners.
Recovery: To get a successful recovery a fantastic emergency management plan must first be in place, but after the event, you will have to concentrate on restoring your property into its pre-disaster condition so that you can get your business fully operational as soon as it’s safe to do so. Efforts will concentrate on removing all debris from the property, repairing and restoring the property, re-employment of organizing and staff with emergency relief specialists, including Water Damage Restore, who have the experience and qualifications to handle the whole restoration process.
Here are usually five phases in an emergency, and each one plays an important role.
Discovery and Notification: When a discovered event has the threat of turning into a catastrophe, the information should be immediately relayed to security officials.
Assess and Accident Control Initiation: Using the supplied advice the safety officials will quickly assess the severity of the threat and initiate the ideal response
Containment and Counter Measures: The first action taken is to control the water damage and eliminate the threat of further problems. Response teams also take measured steps to limit the damage to property, persons, and the environment.
Cleanup and Disposal: Water damage cleanup begins when the threat has passed. This phase also covers appropriate waste disposal.
Documentation: Every stage of the water damage disaster is thoroughly documented from discovery and response to containment and cleanup. Photographs, along with documentation may be needed for financial help or even before the cleanup and disposal can start.
Emergencies can be classified into three major categories. Having a clear idea about what we’re facing will help us to respond most appropriately.
Emergency Level 1: This is a disaster that is not likely to affect anything beyond about 20 meters from the site. A burst pipe at the upper floors of a residential property, for example, may flood the house itself but won’t pose an imminent danger to neighboring properties or passers-by.
Emergency Level 2: In this case, the tragedy is more severe and might affect people and possessions around 500 meters away. This is a very serious situation, and people need to be summoned immediately in the area, and until it’s made safe, just emergency services personnel may enter. This could include a severe leak of toxic gas, a large scale storm flood, or a terrorist incident.
Emergency Level 3: This is a very severe crisis and will affect areas beyond 500 meters from ground zero. Immediate action must be taken to evacuate residents from the region, and evacuation procedures may even include neighboring villages. A major fire or fast-moving flooding would qualify in this category, and a well thought out, practiced, emergency response management plan will save lives.
Every successful Disaster Management Plan contains these main components, all of which will be discussed in greater detail in the educational town hall event being hosted by Water Damage Restore.
- Realistic planning and good detection measures in place.
- Fantastic communications and assigned safety officer for the site.
- Knowing the available resources.
- Continuous in-house staff training.
- The correct emergency response.
- Regular updates to your Emergency Management Plan.
- Adequate provision of safety equipment, such as First Aid Kits and Fire Extinguishers.
Ensuring that you have the components of your emergency response in place before disaster strikes will mean that you can mitigate the damage and include the incident as fast as it is safe to do. Getting your plan in place will permit you to respond quickly and be able to coordinate your response with your staff and the local emergency services.
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Water Damage Restore is a family run business that has helped the residents of Minnesota in their headquarters in Minneapolis to recover from emergencies of all types. As leading experts in the field of water damage and property recovery, we take pride in our service to the community. We act fast and assure you 60-minute call-out times to mitigate the damage to your house. We are fully licensed and insured and give you a free estimate when you telephone us. We’ve got a fully streamlined restoration process, and since we work with all major insurance companies, you know that we will have it covered for you. Our telephone lines are open 24 hours, seven days a week since we know that if a crisis strikes, you need help available FAST! If you would like more information about our services and how we can help you, then call our fully trained water damage restoration experts on (888) 250-8946 to talk to Dan’s team.