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PROPERTY & CASUALTY
SEP 08, 2017
Preparing Your Business for a Hurricane
When a hurricane watch is in effect, do you know what steps you should take to protect your construction business? The actions you take in the 72 hours leading up to a hurricane are crucial for reducing risks of damage to your company.
72 Hours Prior to Hurricane:
Check roof, drains and piping; clear debris
Check floor drains and sumps; clear debris
Check storm water basins/gates; clear debris
Ensure integrity of roof flashing, windows and window latches
Use plywood to protect from flying objects
Test run backup power; top off fuel in generators
Assemble supplies for emergency crews and emergency repairs
Protect vital records and secure backups
Inspect fire prevention equipment
Move all vehicles to higher ground
Photograph the entire project site. Keep photographs in a safe location.
Bring all job site files, small office equipment and tools into the main office or temporarily relocate them to a safe location.
Postpone delivery of materials that cannot be adequately protected. Band all loose materials on the site and secure to floors and columns.
Clean the site of loose debris, tools and materials. Empty and secure all trash containers and remove trash from the site.
Cover all openings with plywood/shutters.
Power down energized buildings.
Lower all cranes.
Ensure that hoist platforms are on the ground and all towers are securely in place.
Alert all subcontractors and suppliers that the project site will be closed and off limits.
During the Hurricane:
Patrol the site continuously if safe to do so
Search for any sustained damage
Check for leaks and impairment to fire systems
Shut off any valves where pipes have broken
Watch for flooding; use sandbags when necessary
Complete any emergency repairs that are possible and safe to perform
Watch for reverse winds after the eye of the storm has passed
After The Hurricane:
Conduct roll call of all on-premises personnel
Check for safety hazards (downed trees, branches, power lines, leaking gas, blocked drains)
Photograph and document damage
Make temporary repairs
Begin salvage operations