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6 Vital Lessons the Historic Flooding in Louisiana Has Taught Us

on Wednesday, 14 September 2016. Posted in Blog, Commercial, Water Damage

It has been one month since Louisiana experienced one of the worst natural disasters in the United States since Hurricane Sandy in 2012. According to Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, the flood caused roughly $8.7 billion in damage and 13 deaths, displaced an estimated 11,000 people, and resulted in catastrophic flooding that submerged thousands of homes and businesses in southern Louisiana.
Now that the floodwater has receded, countless property owners and business owners are slowing returning to clean their homes and buildings. Unfortunately, because many of the areas that flooded were not in “high flood risk areas,” the majority of affected homeowners did not have flood insurance. According to FEMA, more than 134,000 households have registered for aid since the flood hit Louisiana.

Additionally, the historic flooding has also impacted thousands of local businesses. Flooding conditions have shut down approximately 7,300 local businesses, causing a large population of employees to be left on hold as businesses are scrambling to open their doors again. Along with the sheer volume of floodwater, business owners and homeowners alike are experiencing sewer backups, sump pump overflows, and river flooding issues.

Although natural disasters like the recent flooding in Louisiana can take many homeowners and business owners by surprise, it is imperative that they are prepared and know what to do in the face of disaster. Here are a few lessons that we can take away from this historic Louisiana event:

Check Your Flood Risk – This step is crucial in protecting your home or business. If you don’t already know what your flood risk is for your facility, find out. If you have plans to build a new building, review the potential sites for flood risk.

Create a Flood Plan – Your flood plan will determine how you will respond and keep your family or your employees and company safe from harm if a flood occurs. Develop a plan to alert your employees of impending storms and floods. In addition, be sure to create procedures to shut down equipment and processes safely.

Put Together an Emergency Kit – Include essential items in your emergency kit such as antibacterial hand gel, bottled water, rubber gloves, and spare keys. Keep this kit in an easily accessible location, and identify in your flood plan where the kit will be located.

Schedule Regular Back-Ups – Natural disasters such as floods can do extraordinary damage to your computers. Keep your essential documents and data safe by backing them up regularly. You can also store your data in a safe, off-premises location such as the cloud.

Select a Vendor Before Disasters Happen – No one plans for crises to occur. Take the time now to look for a reputable commercial restoration company to assist you in times of disasters. We suggest selecting one that will provide you with customized pre-disaster plans at no charge.

Take Photos of the Damage – If you are ever affected by a natural disaster, don’t forget to take several photos of the damages that occur for insurance purposes. Present those photos to your insurance provider and discuss the next steps to take with him or her. We hope that these tips will help you, your employees, and your business remain safe during natural disasters. If you wish to help the flood victims in Louisiana, please visit this site for multiple options.