Flood, windstorm checklist for commercial and industrial buildings
In the U.S., spring to fall brings the trifecta of catastrophe risks: flood, tornadoes and hurricanes. Notably, the Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 until November 1, while March to June marks the period when most tornadoes strike; however, these storms can happen every month during the year. Similarly, floods also can happen at any time but most frequently occur between spring and fall.
No area of the U.S. is risk-free from any of these weather events. Although the East Coast bears the most hurricane exposure, the Midwest and South see the most tornadoes. Consider “Tornado Alley,” which includes Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kansas, South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska. With that in mind, commercial and industrial facilities around the country must be prepared for a natural disaster at all times.
To inform commercial and industrial buildings about weather-related exposures, FM Global created a “last-minute” flood and windstorm checklist to help these facilities mitigate damage.
1) Check roof drains to be sure they are clear of debris
2) Remove equipment and materials from the roof that could become windblown debris. Secure any items that must remain.
3)Check around the facility grounds for items that can become windblown debris, such as trash cans, flower pots, outside equipment and more. Move these items indoors or secure them outside. In addition, relocate all critical items (inside and outside) to a safe location.
4)Mobilize contractors who maintain facility grounds and make sure they are on high alert. At the very least, ensure you have all of their contact information in case they are needed.
5)Keep tarps and plastic sheets available in case of roof damage.
6)Place items such as sandbags or other temporary barriers at entrances to prevent water from entering premises.
7)Test emergency generators and make sure enough fuel is on hand.
8)Complete a Flood Emergency Response Plan. FM Global offers a flood checklist for commercial/industrial building owners and operators.