Prepare your business against the threat of natural disasters
“Super Storm Sandy” was the second-costliest hurricane in United States history and caused devastation to many areas of the East coast. Subsequent learning suggests previous instances of unfulfilled warnings led to a sense of apathy and left many unprepared for historic flooding. Due to the threats of natural disasters across the United States, businesses should ask themselves: could a natural disaster in my area cause such damage? Would my facility be forced to shut down, and for how long? Taking precautions before a disaster event is the best way to minimize risk.
Not only are flood and disaster events a viable threat, but 100-year storms, like “Super Storm Sandy”, can and will occur in our lifetime. An effective planning process will consider not only your existing facilities but new property and expanded facilities. Evaluating new locations prior to construction or occupancy can protect a company financially by building appropriately from the start.
Taking your natural hazard reports into account while developing a risk management program may include creating a detailed Flood Emergency Response Plan. Completion of such a plan will help improve the preparedness for when a flood emergency event occurs. The plan should be reviewed and updated annually to account for any physical, environmental, or operational (including staff) changes.
An effective flood emergency response plan includes:
TÜV SÜD Global Risk Consultants (GRC) experts are on-hand to assist you in identifying your natural hazard risk exposures such as hurricanes, seismic events and tornadoes. We assist you in implementing a proactive risk management plan in case of such events.
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