Storm Safety For Your Commercial Property
Severe weather is a serious threat and one that can often happen with little warning. It’s important to be thorough and proactive to ensure your business is protected. .As we start to enter storm season, it is important to take some time and inspect your commercial property to assess and identify any maintenance that can be performed to further reduce the risk of damage in the case of a storm. Some of these maintenance items may be, cutting all tree branches away from the building, weather proofing windows, making sure that all your emergency signs are visible, and in good working order, just to name a few things.
Another way to ensure your property is storm ready is to check your generators for the building. This is exceptionally important for medical facilities, rehab facilities, and nursing homes who rely on the generator for life saving medication dispensing and to operate machines. Making sure you have enough power to maintain the facility for at least a minimum of three days is what FEMA recommends.
It is also essential to communicate with your tenants of the property. Making sure that you and your tenants have an emergency readiness plan in the event of an emergency is vital not only to assist keeping your tenant up and running, but for the safety of the building. Nearly 40% of small businesses close after a disaster, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 52% of small businesses say it would take at least three months to recovery from a disaster, according to a 2015 survey of 500 small business owners conducted by Nationwide. Only 25% of businesses that close due to a major disaster ever reopen, according to the Institute for Business & Home Safety.
SERVPRO of LaGrange Park/North Riverside offers a free Emergency Ready Plan that we can assist all of the tenants of your commercial property where one call to our office and we have all the necessary information to begin a quick clean up and get your building back to full working order. To get more information on our Emergency Readiness Plan, give us a call at 708-240-4873.