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Rain and Flooding

By taking action to prepare in advance for flooding, most businesses can save 20-90% on the cost of lost stock and moveable equipment, as well as a lot of trouble and stress. It is vital that organisations:

  • Find out if they are at risk of flooding
  • Find out about flood warnings
  • Plan to protect property and minimise financial risks
  • Ensure the safety of all staff

Responding to a flood warning can make a substantial difference to flood-related damages. There can be savings of up to 80% on stock in offices whilst in hi-tech offices savings of up to 90% can be made on damage to moveable equipment. Taking action in response to flooding can also help to minimise business interruption and the cost of getting back in business – factors which often outweigh the direct physical costs of flooding. You can help reduce the cost of flooding to your business by taking a few simple, low cost or no cost steps to minimise the effects of flood waters. More expensive actions can be taken to make bigger savings.

No cost tips

  • Find out if flood warnings are available in your area and, if so, put in place measures to ensure you will be sent or have access to the warnings
  • Write a flood plan and keep a copy(ies) in a safe place and off site
  • Train staff to be prepared for flooding
  • Be ready to move important equipment, such as computers, above flood level upon receipt of a flood warning
  • Keep a store of strong plastic bags to place around the legs of furniture when you receive a flood warning
  • Identify a suitable location for evacuation of vehicles to higher ground
  • Consider the height at which goods are fixed, stored or displayed – the higher the goods the less chance of damage
  • Copy vital hard copy and electronic records and store them in a safe place. This includes financial and insurance records, designs and specifications, staff, customer and supplier databases and staff files

Low cost tips

  • Install back flow valves on all toilets and drains
  • Raise electrical sockets above flood level
  • Raise electrical machinery on a platform above flood level
  • Buy sturdy plastic sheeting for use in case of a flood warning. Place large furniture on top of the sheeting and raise the sheeting around it
  • Move computer servers permanently away from the basement or ground floor
  • Secure equipment that could move or fall during a flood
  • Store stock on pallets or shelving
  • Move archive stores permanently away from the basement or ground floor

Higher cost tips

  • Move air-conditioning and heating systems permanently away from the basement or ground floor
  • Purchase machinery with motors, gear boxes and programmable electric controls that are above flood level (ie. at the top)
  • Purchase an emergency power generator
  • Purchase permanent or semi-permanent flood protection products

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