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Making Sure Your Business Is Able to Recover Quickly After a Disaster
If you need assistance after a disaster impacts your business, SERVPRO of Conyers/Covington is the team to call.
For a business owner, there are few things that can be more devastating than a natural disaster
impacting your area. Not only does a natural disaster put the safety of you and your staff
members at risk, but it can threaten the very future of the business you have worked so hard to build, too.
It is likely no surprise that small businesses are hit the hardest during natural disasters, so as a
business owner, it is vital to be sure you are preparing in every way you can.
If you are impacted by a disaster at your business, one of the best things you can do is ensure you are prepared to reopen again as soon as possible. By making sure in advance that you
have an adequate disaster recovery plan and insurance coverage in place, you can do your
best to mitigate the impact of a disaster and get back to business as soon as possible.
How to Prepare Your Business to Recover From a Natural Disaster
Be sure you have proper insurance coverage. The world of business insurance can be complicated, but it is one that is worth gaining an understanding of for any small business
owner. Generally, your property will be covered by your commercial policy, but there are other
things, such as flood damage, loss of income and interruption costs, that will require a different
policy altogether. It is important that you understand what is and is not covered so you can
purchase additional insurance if necessary.
Understand the resources available to you. Through the American Small Business
Association, business owners have disaster recovery loans available to them if they are in a
declared disaster area. These loans are often provided with very low interest rates and
generous repayment terms so you can use them as funding to tackle damage and get reopened
without the worry of going into extreme amounts of debt.
Craft a plan for your restoration process. Knowing who to call when you have damage to your business is a must for having it handled quickly and efficiently. In a disaster scenario, there will be many private residences and businesses vying for damage restoration, so it is vital to choose a company that can handle the volume and respond to your damages quickly.
If you need assistance after a disaster impacts your business, we are the team to call. We are
here 24/7 and have the resources to handle any size disaster. Contact us today to learn more.
Lightning Safety for Outdoor Workers
SERVPRO of Conyers/Covington is here to help with any damage done by thunderstorms, whether it be from water, fire or lightning.
Lightning as an occupational hazard is often an afterthought, but it shouldn’t be. An average of 47 of all occupations require outdoor work at some point in the day.
That means almost half the American workforce is outside for some period of time every day, and many fields require a much higher percentage of outdoor time. When thunderstorms arise, those workers are at elevated risk of lightning strikes and other dangers.
Safety Best Practices for Outdoor Work
OSHA and NOAA recommend several broad safety practices for business who have workers outdoors. These include:
Being informed by NOAA weather reports. Employers and supervisors should be aware of reported and upcoming weather events before sending workers outside. Weather.gov and local outlets will make weather updates as inclement weather comes toward the area. Employers should consider rescheduling events, jobs or activities outdoors if thunderstorms are headed in. Darkening clouds and increased wind speeds can also be indicators of dangerous weather afoot.
Seeking shelter in buildings. Workers should be informed before heading to outdoor jobs what nearby buildings they should seek out for shelter if they hear thunder or see lightning. These buildings should be fully enclosed and outfitted with plumbing and electricity. Once inside, workers should remain indoors at least a half hour after the last peal of thunder before returning to work. Remember, the fact that you’re not getting rained on doesn’t mean you’re not in danger—lightning can strike up to 10 miles away from the nearest rainfall.
Using vehicles as a second option. If safe buildings aren’t accessible, workers should be guided to hard-top vehicles with all windows rolled up, where they should remain for the duration of the storm and 30 minutes after thunder stops.
Practicing phone safety. Corded phones are still used in many buildings, but they shouldn’t be used in a building during a thunderstorm except in emergency situations. Cell phones are safe to use.
Business owners and supervisors should also have an emergency action plan for storms in place, with written protocols for lightning safety outlining company storm procedures. Lightning and storm safety training should also be implemented, so that workers know where to go in emergencies and what to expect regarding communication when storms approach.
We’re here to help with any damage done by thunderstorms, whether it be from water, fire or lightning. Call or click today to experience the SERVPRO difference.
Tips for Preparing Your Business for an Emergency Situation
If your business is damaged due to a disaster or an emergency, SERVPRO of Conyers/Covington is here for you.
If you own your own business, you understand the importance of planning ahead to set yourself up for success—but have you considered the need to plan ahead for an emergency scenario? The frequency with which disasters occur continues to rise, and being prepared for any scenario is the best defense business owners have against them.
Understanding how to prepare your business can help you recover far more quickly after an emergency and get your doors reopened faster after a disaster.
How to Prepare Your Business for an Emergency
Review the details of your insurance policy. The average commercial insurance policy provides many standard coverages, but it also leaves quite a bit of scenarios out, requiring business owners to purchase additional coverage for situations such as floods, income interruption and gaps in your policy. It is smart to review your insurance policy through the lens of disaster preparedness planning to learn about any gaps in coverage you may have.
Make sure your documents are backed up and stored well. Having the right documentation on hand after a disaster will make the recovery process much easier, but have you considered the correct way to store them? Many files are digital now, so you should make sure you have a cloud backup or hard copy in case your computer gets damaged in a disaster. If you have physical documents you may need, make copies of those and store them securely in a secondary location.
Be sure you have an evacuation plan. If a flood or other natural disaster is incoming, officials will normally recommend a rapid evacuation so that everyone can get to safety. Be sure you have an evacuation plan that includes well-marked evacuation routes and a headcount system to make sure everyone is accounted for, and make certain that you have rehearsed often with staff. This serves to reduce panic in the moment as well as your overall liability, and equips everyone to move to safety calmly and quickly in an emergency.
If your business is damaged due to a disaster or an emergency, we are here for you. You can contact us any time to learn more about commercial restoration and how we can help.
The Importance of a Fire Sprinkler System in Your Business
Restoring fire and smoke damage is one of our specialties. Contact SERVPRO of Conyers/Covington to learn more.
You’ve got so much invested in your business. When it comes to devastation, there are few things that compare to the anguish of seeing something as precious as your business damaged by, or lost to, a fire.
So you take the necessary precautions, you teach fire safety methods, you maintain extinguishers and you carefully monitor kitchen activities.
But the most important part of your fire plan is something you may not consider often, even though it’s right under your nose—or more accurately, above your head.
The Impact of Fire Sprinklers on Business Fires
Sometimes it’s hard to imagine that something called a “sprinkler” could be effective against something as intimidating and destructive as a fire. But the facts bear out that sprinklers are a worthwhile investment, maintenance item and sometimes a requirement for your local business.
A 2017 study by the National Fire Protection Association shows in great detail the effectiveness of fire sprinklers in businesses. The study shows sprinklers to be operative in over nine out of every 10 fires large enough to activate a sprinkler system, and of those fires the success rate in controlling the fire was an impeccable 96%.
That should give you peace of mind as a business owner that your fire sprinkler system is a worthwhile investment—it’s almost always the difference between an operations slowdown and a full-blown fiery loss.
And of course, when it comes to assets, your most important asset is your team. Damage or loss to property or technology is one thing; injury or loss of your employees is quite another. But in businesses with installed and properly maintained sprinkler systems, the civilian death rate is 87% lower than the rate among fires with no sprinkler present.
The data is clear. Sprinklers are a must-have for business owners in the area. They protect structures, assets and most importantly, people. While the number of fires has decreased in recent years, the cost associated with the damage from those fires has increased greatly. The amount you spend on installing and maintaining your business doesn’t compare to the amount it will save you in a fire situation.
If your business has been damaged by fire, SERVPRO of Conyers/Covington is here to help restore any damaged areas to their original state. Click or call today to get your local SERVPRO agents at your side.
Why Preparing for a Disaster Makes Good Business Sense
There are many things that business owners must think about throughout their day-to-day operations, and for many of them, adding something extra onto this task list may seem impossible.
While this is understandable, when it comes to preparing for a disaster, it is imperative that business owners make the time to consider it. Many businesses do not get the chance to recover from a disaster, and while you can’t plan for everything, it is important to prepare for what you can.
Not only will disaster planning help you and your employees stay safer in advance of and during a disaster, but it also makes good businesses sense. Disaster recovery can be too difficult for businesses who have not prepared, rendering them unable to reopen. However, by thinking ahead and utilizing your resources, you can reduce the likelihood that this scenario will happen to you.
How Disaster Preparedness Helps a Business’ Bottom Line
You can quickly pursue restoration to prevent further damage. When you know which commercial restoration company you will work with, you are at an advantage, as you can immediately place the call to them once you discover damage at your business. This gets you in the queue faster, so you can receive a rapid response and prevent more damage from occurring in the meantime.
You can utilize your resources efficiently. After a disaster is declared, the Small Business Administration provides loans for business owners to help with the cost of recovery. If you know about these options in advance, you can apply right away when the time comes to receive these funds as quickly as possible.
You can lessen the time of closure. It is to be expected that you will have to close your doors for at least a bit while you have the damage restored and prepare to resume operations again, but by planning ahead, you can significantly reduce this time. By making your recovery as efficient as possible, you can get your doors reopened quickly so you can continue to do what you love.
If your business is damaged in a disaster, we are here to help you. Contact us about commercial restoration 24⁄7 to learn more or to report damages to your business after a disaster.
Smoke Alarms: Life Savers
Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and on every level, including the basement. In office and commercial environments, check your state requirements or contact your local Fire Marshall to help ensure all codes are met.
Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years. Other alarms need batteries replaced every year and the unit replaced every ten years. If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm. Almost half of fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries (NFPA).
In larger commercial facilities, hard wired or wireless smoke alarms offer benefits such as not needing to be tested as often and activating throughout the entire building if smoke is detected in just one area (NFPA).
If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross.
Be sure your home or workplace has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills. For more information on Emergency Preparedness, contact SERVPRO® of Conyers/Covington.
*Courtesy of Restoration Newsline Vol 30, Iss 2
How to Escape from a Second Story Fire
Plan a fire escape and practice fire escape drills with your family, in preparation for a possible emergency. Fire escape ladders are available, relatively inexpensively, that can be hung out the window of a two story home, and are safer than the sheet method mentioned below. The "First Alert 2-story Escape Ladder" is only about $35.00 brand new from Walmart or other retailer.
Place a few fire extinguishers throughout the house. However, fire extinguishers should be calibrated on a regular schedule per the instructions that come with the extinguisher.
Immediately close the door and stuff a blanket/towel along the bottom so that the smoke can not get through.
If you have a phone near you, then call the fire emergency service, or if you don't then run to the window and shout "Help!"
Stay low on the floor for better air. There is more smoke higher up.
Get two sheets and tie them together as quickly but as tightly as possible
Push your bed against the wall next to the window and tie one end of the two sheets.
Lower yourself down the building using the sheets.
When you get down on the ground immediately inform emergency services.