Disaster Preparedness Plan
An emergency water damage event can affect any residence or business property, the causes of which can range from a burst sewer pipe into a full-scale natural flooding or storm devastation. Having an emergency management plan in place will help to mitigate the damage to your house or business, in addition, to ensure the greatest levels of health and safety for staff members and others that are on site.
Recovering from water damage can be expensive. Having an emergency water damage restoration strategy in place will save money and time. With the correct information and proper planning, you can reduce accidents about the water damage expenses from water damage cleanup can be reduced, along with the time it takes to recover from the flooding.
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Prevention: Prevention focuses on preventing water disasters, whether it’s man-made or due to nature. Additionally, it addresses both physical and biological terrorist attacks.
Preparedness: Communities will need to be able to respond to a water damage disaster quickly and efficiently. Preparedness is defined as ” a continuous cycle of planning, organizing, training, equipping, exercising, evaluating, and taking corrective action to ensure effective coordination during incident response.”
Response: A well-developed emergency plan that’s put in place before needed enables emergency water damage restoration crews to rapidly respond and coordinate necessary services. These rapid responses are designed to save lives, minimize damage, and help ease the suffering of those affected. The response phase before, during, and after flooding includes mobilizing first-responders into the affected area, followed by additional employees.
Recovery: The actions taken by a community during recovery will include water damage cleanup, financial assistance to those affected by the flood, along with rebuilding infrastructures. Power lines will also have to be repaired, along with debris and potential animal carcass removal.
Response and recovery phases are different, and both need to be set up for a successful water damage disaster plan. This and other items will be dealt with through the weekly information and preparation seminars.
Any disaster has 5 phases that will need to be followed to make certain you act safely, effectively and can coordinate your actions with other aid services.
Discovery. Once you discover the catastrophe you must immediately notify all employees on the property, and work with your safety officer, ensure orderly evacuations and contact the local fire or ambulance services.
Evaluation and Assessment. Following the discovery period, you must rapidly assess the situation and plan the appropriate course of action to mitigate any additional damage to your property and ensure public safety.
Containment. It’s important to minimize any further damage, so containing the event is a priority.
Cleanup and Disposal of Debris and Hazardous materials. This begins the process of recovery and working with qualified professionals, so you can start to get back to business as usual.
Documentation. When the incident has been successfully contained and recovery has begun, it is vital to record all the possible details so that you can learn from the catastrophe but also so you can file the necessary insurance claims.
Emergencies can be categorized into three major categories. Having a clear idea of what we are facing will help us to respond most appropriately.
Emergency Level 1: This is a disaster that’s unlikely to affect anything beyond about 20 meters from the website. A burst pipe in the top floors of a residential home, by way of 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 may affect people and properties up to 500 meters away. This is a really serious situation, and individuals need to be summoned immediately in the area, and until it’s made safe, just emergency services personnel may enter. This could include a serious leak of toxic gas, a large scale storm flooding, or a terrorist incident.
Emergency Level 3: This is an extremely severe emergency and will affect areas beyond 500 meters from ground zero. Immediate action must be taken to evacuate residents from the area, and evacuation procedures may even contain neighboring villages. A significant fire or a fast-moving flooding would qualify in this class, and a well thought out, practiced, emergency response management strategy will save lives.
The critical elements of any Disaster Management Strategy include:
- Early detection and detailed pre-planning.
- Coordination of response, with the security officer taking the lead.
- Determining the availability of appropriate resources to manage and contain the event.
- Emergency Response Actions, including calling for assistance where appropriate.
- Successful communication between parties.
- Regular reviews of this situation until it’s made safe.
- Practical training for appropriate personnel.
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Service Restoration is the top water damage restoration and repairs business in the state of Minnesota. With a results-driven group of highly trained experts at the helm, we have been assisting our community with care and consideration. Our call-out times are under 60 minutes, and we work with all major insurance companies to ensure that your property is returned to its normal requirements as fast as is safely possible. We specialize in water damage restoration and mitigation, but can also handle any restoration job, such as fire damage, storm damage, mold remediation, and removal and sewage cleanups. If you have faced a disaster or want to learn more, we provide free estimates, when you call us, 24/7, 365 days per year, at (612) 230-8043.