Steps to Ensure Your Business Is Prepared for Flood Risks l SERVPRO® of Downtown Charleston
Flooding is the most common type of natural disaster suffered by Americans—especially those living in a coastal city like Charleston. That risk goes beyond the usual hazards of hurricane season and extends into other problems like severe storms.
While there’s nothing that can be done to prevent the quirks of weather patterns or hurricane paths, business owners can take steps to be certain their business is prepared to weather storms and survive floods in the best shape possible.
Advice for Charleston Business Owners
Experts offer these tips to help business owners before, during and after a severe flooding event:
Before a flood hits
Long before storms are predicted, you’ll want to understand the flood risks that your business faces. You can do research about the area and how likely that spot is to suffer a flood. You can use that knowledge to make improvements to your business to help protect it from the flood. It’s also smart to keep an eye on local weather reports to see if flooding is imminent.
You may also want to consider landscaping, like native plants, that can help you mitigate flood risks.
If flooding is predicted
At this juncture, you’ll want to take steps to protect important information, files and the business itself as best you can. Consider backing up vital information for your business offsite. Depending on the time you have before the flood, you may want to consider taking measures to protect your business.
After a flood
Be ready to work closely with your insurance company and provide important documents as needed.
If your business is damaged due to fire, water or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have crews who are available 24⁄7 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you.