Storm Preparedness Tips for Buildings
Precautionary measures can help limit the amount of damage in a storm.
Hurricane Ida – which ripped through Louisiana leaving thousands without power and widespread damage across the coastline – weakened to a tropical storm on Monday. Despite the weaker system, it will continue to spread heavy rain as it makes its way northeast. Even areas far from the storm’s center can experience severe flooding, heavy rainfall, and strong winds.
With storms on the horizon, building owners should be taking the necessary steps to prepare to deal with possible flooding and addressing any issues involving roofs and gutters to withstand severe weather.
Here are a few tips to help prepare any building for an impending storm…
Fill and place sandbags if necessary at low points of the property and at door thresholds
Check roof for leaks or missing/damaged tiles and shingles
Prepare basements and lower levels for possible flooding
(try to elevate possessions, electronics, and furniture if possible)
Clear drains, gutters, downspouts, and any nearby storm drains to prevent blockage
Secure or remove antennas or any objects on the roof
Check wall hangings and art
Place important records or documents in a safe, elevated location
Close all windows
Have a cleanup plan in place
Building owners should never wait until a warning is issued, because it may be too late to take certain precautions. Staying up to date on the condition of a building year-round is important to help quicken the process of preparing for any storm.
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