Disaster Preparedness Plan

An emergency water damage event can affect any residence or business property, the causes of which may range from a burst mains pipe to a full-scale natural flood or storm devastation. Having an emergency management strategy in place will help to mitigate the damage to your property or business, in addition, to ensure the greatest levels of health and safety for staff members and others that are on site.

Using a disaster preparedness plan ready in advance can make a large difference to the outcomes both for the affected property and also for the health and safety of the people involved. In a commercial property, it is vital that roles are assigned, and that the company has a security officer on-site at all times, who will be trained to evaluate the situation and determine the correct course of action in the case a disaster strikes.

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The Emergency Management Strategy employed by our company has four main parts; prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery.

Prevention and Mitigation.

 In the first part of our strategy, we focus on the ways that we can avoid personal injury as well as the ways in which we could prevent a disaster from occurring in the first location. Plumbing and other fittings should be tracked if they’re old and replaced where possible. Mitigation is the area of the strategy where we reduce the damage caused.

Preparedness covers how we could get prepared for a potential emergency by having a good plan in place. This entails training, in first aid, for example, ensuring that we have the correct equipment, such as fire extinguishers, and assigning functions so that when a crisis strikes, everybody knows what they should do.

Response. How we respond to an emergency will make all of the difference to the outcome. We need to act calmly while taking the right measures. Rehearsing these beforehand will help us to respond more effectively and with a cooler head. The response also involves calling for assistance, from the Fire Fighters or Ambulance Services, for example, to include the emergency as soon as possible.

Recovery. In this phase, we are focused on restoring the property to its pre-damaged condition, making certain that water and electricity supplies are reinstated and that the people affected can go back to their lives as soon as it is safe to do so.

There are usually five stages in an emergency:

Discovery and Notification: After a discovered event has the threat of turning into a disaster, the data should be immediately relayed to safety officials.

Evaluate and Accident Control Initiation: Using the supplied advice the security officials will rapidly assess the seriousness of the threat and commence the best response.

Containment and Counter Measures: The first action taken is to control the water damage and eliminate the threat of further problems. Response teams also take measured steps to limit the damage to property, persons, and the environment.

Cleanup and Disposal: Water damage cleanup begins as soon as the threat has passed. This phase also covers appropriate waste disposal.

Documentation: Every stage of the water damage disaster is thoroughly documented from discovery and response to containment and clean-up. Photographs, along with documentation may be required for financial assistance or even before the clean-up and disposal can begin.

Correct classification of a crisis event allows you to work effectively with local emergency services and properly plan your response.

Level 1 Emergency – this event is only going to impact the immediate area surrounding the epicenter. This may include, for example, a burst mains pipe that’s flooding the ground floor of your property.

Level 2 Emergency – this is a bigger scale disaster, and might impact the safety of buildings and people within an area of around 500 m2. An event of this scale may include a chemical spill or major gas leak.

Level 3 Emergency – this is an extremely serious incident that can impact people and property more than 500 meters away. This could be a major wildfire, a huge flood or a widespread terrorist attack. This may require that individuals in neighboring towns are evacuated.

Every effective Disaster Management Plan contains these key elements, all of which will be discussed in greater detail in the educational city hall event being hosted by Service Restoration.

  • Realistic planning and good detection measures in place.
  • Excellent communications and delegated safety officer for the site.
  • Knowing the available resources.
  • Continuous in-house staff training.
  • The right emergency response.
  • Regular updates to your Emergency Management Plan.
  • Adequate provision of safety equipment, such as First Aid Kits and Fire Extinguishers.

Ensuring that you have the components of your emergency response in place before disaster strikes will mean that you can mitigate the harm and contain the incident as quickly as it’s safe to do. Getting your strategy in place will allow you to respond quickly and be able to coordinate your response with your staff and the local emergency services.

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Service Restoration is a family run company that has helped the residents of North Carolina to recover from crises of all types. As leading experts in the field of water damage and property recovery, we take pride in our service to the community. We act fast and assure you 60-minute call-out times to mitigate the damage to your house. We’re fully licensed and insured and offer you a free quote when you telephone us. We’ve got a fully compact restoration process, and since we work with all major insurance companies, you know that we’ll have it covered for you. Our telephone lines are available 24 hours, seven days a week because we know that when an emergency strikes, you need help available FAST! If you would like more information about our services and how we can help you, then call us today!