Written by: Risk Control Leader Sharrod Parker
The Spring and Summer can bring hurricanes, tornadoes and violent storms of varying degree. Protecting your residents and properties by being prepared, is a top priority. Millers Mutual believes the precautions below will help you minimize damage from adverse weather.
Helpful Tips for Property Owners and Managers
- Check roof drains to make sure they are clear of debris.
- Check the roof areas and remove any equipment/materials that could become windblown debris.
- Check around the facility for anything (misc. equipment, trashcans, etc.) that can be windblown debris and move it inside or secure it.
- Have plywood or hurricane shutters ready to mount over windows.
- Test any portable generators ahead of time, and make sure there is adequate fuel supply.
- Consider shutting down computers, systems and processes to avoid power surge damage caused by erratic electrical supply.
- Due to possibility that water will leak into building from wind driven rain and storm water, relocate equipment and storage away from basements, windows and ground level doors.
- Mobilize any of your contractors that maintain the facility and put them on alert in case you need them during or after the storm.
- Assign someone to monitor the local river for cresting.
- Implement your Emergency Response Plan and/or Flood Emergency Response Plan.
Helpful Tips for Residents:
- Bring inside any outdoor furniture, planters and other items from patios and balconies.
- Get shutters or panels for their sliding glass doors and windows. Ask the building’s management or landlord if a specific style is required. Ask if the landlord provides them and who will put them up before the storm.
- Identify your safest room, probably an interior bedroom, bath or hall, and stay there when windy conditions become threatening.
- Consider sheltering in an apartment on the lower level if they live on a higher floor
- Store 10 days’ worth of supplies in the event water and power are disabled.
- Steer clear of windows to avoid flying glass.
- Check their insurance coverage and confirm with the apartment’s administration what is covered by its insurance. Contact their agent to insure their personal property and to buy flood insurance, if it is not included.
- Get to know their neighbors. It’s important to know who may need or can lend a helping hand in an emergency. Residents will likely gather in communal areas and working together helps everyone get through the emergency.
- Park their vehicle in a safe area
- Assess your assigned parking spot and, if necessary, take your car to another location away from possible flooding and falling debris.
Additional weather-related resources:
U.S. National Weather Service http://www.nws.noaa.gov/
Real time river flow http://waterdata.usgs.gov/
Flood warnings and watches http://water.weather.gov/ahps/
Weather data http://www.cnn.com/weather
Hazard maps and information http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/hazards.php