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Developing a Flood Plan for your Business

What can you do to minimise the risk of damage caused by flooding at your business premises?

Flooding has a devastating effect on many homes and businesses across the UK. This is why it is important to have a robust flood defence plan for your business premises.

This article looks at some of the proactive steps you can take to minimise the affect of flooding to your business.

First, is your business at risk in the event of a flood. Floodline should be able to advise you about whether you are at risk or not.

You can sign up to the Floodline Warnings Direct service and this ensures that you business will be contacted in the event of flood warnings.

Floods can happen at any time, and some cases in areas where there is little history of flooding. You should have a plan in place to allow action at any time, or that ensures defences are in place at times of high risk/

If a flood does happen, this can cause extensive damage to stock and equipment. You should ensure you have comprehensive insurance to help your business get back on its feet after a flood.

Protecting against flooding can also help your business.

You should ensure you have a stockpile of sandbags, or more modern HydroSack or HydroSnake products, which can help in the event of a flood. These can block flood water, which can dramatically reduce the damage caused.

Staff training is a vital part of your flood plan. Staff should be trained in what to do in the event of a flood, in much the same way as a fire drill. After all, your business premises are much more likely to flood than to burn down.

Everyone should be taught how to turn off the gas, water and electricity supplies and, if needed, to quickly move stock to a higher level. In fact, stock and equipment should routinely be stored above flood level.

You should also ensure that staff know the phone numbers needed in the event of a flood, such as contacts at the local authority, insurance companies and emergency contacts.

At least one member of staff should also be trained in first aid. Whether there is a flood or not, a first aider will be able to help with any minor accidents.

Following these few simple steps will help ensure that your business is prepared for a flood and can get back to work as quickly as possible.

         
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