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Disaster Preparedness Plan
An emergency water damage event can affect any residence or business property, the causes of which may range from a burst mains pipe to a full-scale natural flood or storm devastation. Having an emergency management strategy in place will help to mitigate the damage to your property or business, in addition, to ensure the greatest levels of health and safety for staff members and others that are on site. Using a disaster preparedness plan ready in advance can make a large difference to the outcomes both for the affected property and also for the health and safety of the people involved. In a commercial property, it is vital that roles are assigned, and that the company has a security officer on-site at all times, who will be trained to evaluate the situation and determine the correct course of action in the case a disaster strikes.
Emergency Management Strategy
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Phases in Emergencies
There are usually five stages in an emergency, and each one plays an important role.
- Discovery and Notification: After a discovered event has the threat of turning into a disaster, the data should be immediately relayed to safety officials.
- Evaluate and Accident Control Initiation: Using the supplied advice the security officials will rapidly assess the seriousness of the threat and commence the best response.
- Containment and Counter Measures: The first action taken is to control the water damage and eliminate the threat of further problems. Response teams also take measured steps to limit the damage to property, persons, and the environment.
- Cleanup and Disposal: Water damage cleanup begins as soon as the threat has passed. This phase also covers appropriate waste disposal.
- Documentation: Every stage of the water damage disaster is thoroughly documented from discovery and response to containment and clean-up. Photographs, along with documentation may be required for financial assistance or even before the clean-up and disposal can begin.
Correct classification of a crisis event allows you to work effectively with local emergency services and properly plan your response.
Level 1 Emergency – this event is only going to impact the immediate area surrounding the epicenter. This may include, for example, a burst mains pipe that’s flooding the ground floor of your property.
Level 2 Emergency – this is a bigger scale disaster, and might impact the safety of buildings and people within an area of around 500 m2. An event of this scale may include a chemical spill or major gas leak.
Level 3 Emergency – this is an extremely serious incident that can impact people and property more than 500 meters away. This could be a major wildfire, a huge flood or a widespread terrorist attack. This may require that individuals in neighboring towns are evacuated.
Important elements in the Disaster Management Plan
Every emergency is different, but all disaster management programs have some key elements in common. Keeping these in mind will help us to mitigate the harm to property as well as maximize the safety for anyone who’s involved.
- Careful preparations and quick detection of an emergency.
- Organized Response to the Event in addition to effective coordination with emergency services.
- Proper allocation of available resources.
- Effective emergency response activities, including containment and evacuation.
- Fantastic communication between organizations and employees.
- Review and Assessing the disaster in relation to the Emergency Management Plan.
- Current training for all personnel.
Water Damage Little Rock is a family run company that has helped the residents of Arkansas in their headquarters in Little Rock to recover from crises of all types. As leading specialists in the area of water damage and property restoration, we take pride in our service to the community. We act fast and assure you 60-minute call-out times to mitigate the damage to your house. We are fully licensed and insured and give you a free quote when you call us.
We’ve got a fully streamlined restoration process, and since we work with all major insurance companies, you know that we’ll have it covered for you. Our telephone lines are open 24 hours, seven days a week because we know that if an emergency strikes, you will need help available FAST! If you would like more information about our services and how we can help you, then call our fully trained water damage restoration experts on (501) 408-4062 to talk to Dan’s team.