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Prepare for the Storm

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

California has one of the strangest and sporadic climates in all of the United States. We don’t have what people would consider “real weather”, save for a month or two out of the year. However, we do get some pretty intense surges from Mother Nature once in a while. Thunderstorms can come out of nowhere and produce some major flood water situations. A heavy rainstorm can produce significant water and wind damage that can affect the productivity and safety of your business. Even before a watch notifies you of a potential storm or a warning alerts you of immediate danger, be sure to have prepared your company with these seven steps.

  • Steps to prepare your business for storms
  • Have a system for alerts

Find out how you can best receive notifications in Chino, CA. Often, there are email alerts to which you can subscribe so that you can easily communicate with your employees.

  • Plan for a safe room

Ideally, identify an interior room without windows within your place of business. Clearly mark this room with a sign and train all staff members for emergency preparedness.

  • Assign a staff member

This person can be responsible for gathering any items that are outside in preparation for a storm. Having a list of items to collect is ideal to ensure timely preparation.

  • Regularly inspect trees and shrubbery

Limbs surrounding your building pose a risk during a storm. Removing dead limbs can reduce the risk of damage caused by high winds.

  • Implement a schedule for inspecting the roof

This will help to ensure that it is structurally sound. After a rainstorm, be sure to check that rain spouts and drainage systems are working properly.

  • Consider the need for lightning rods

These can be vital to further protect your place of business. Lightning rods redirect the electricity and can be helpful even in a steel building. Consult your local fire company for advice on placement.

  • Be prepared to respond to flood damage

Have a reputable company in mind to call immediately in case water damage is sustained in a heavy storm.

Thunderstorms can be an underestimated source of property damage as well as a tremendous safety risk for your business. Even a substantial rainstorm can cause lasting damage. With the proper preparations, your company can be ready.

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