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It is important you make plans now to ensure that your business can continue after flooding. The following are some suggested actions that you can take to ensure minimum disruption to your business in the event if any flooding.
Record and Electronic Data
Remove any records, files and computer equipment from basement area and ground floors. Move them to higher levels or to another location unlikely to be impacted by flood waters. This may be a good time to back up your data onto disks.
Inventory and Items in Long Term Storage
These items should be relocated to higher levels or removed from your facility. If any of these items are stored outside the building they should be moved indoors. If any of these items will not be damaged by water they should be tied down or moved inside.
Materials like paints, solvents, oils, pesticides or any other environmentally damaging chemicals should be moved to floors above ground levels or removed from the site. Fill and anchor large fuel and water tanks and plug their vents. Propane bottles float, regardless of the amount of volume. they should be chained or secured onsite, or removed altogether from the site.
Shop Floors and Work Areas
These areas should be clean of debris, oils etc.
When you are advised of immediate danger of flooding, shut off all power to your business. If any of your electric equipment is too large to be relocated, remove motors, fans and controls.
If you are advised to evacuate, it is imperative to follow instructions of emergency personnel. It is best to prepare the items you will take with you know. There will be little time when you are advised to evacuate. All of these items should be placed in easy to carry, waterproof containers or bags. Take extra care when driving. If your car stalls in flooded area, abandon it. Look for information signs and emergency personnel.
WHEN TO RETURN TO YOUR BUSINESS
Do not return until there is a safe water supply and a system for disposal of garbage and human waste. Do not re-enter your building if there are any signs of structural damage. When entering the building, do not use matches, cigarette lighters or any other open flames since gas may be trapped inside. Instead, use flashlight to light your way. Leave power off until an electrician has inspected your system for safety.
This could be a tedious and dangerous task. Floodwater can pickup sewage and chemicals from roads and factories. Be careful walking around. Steps in floors may be covered with mud and debris, including nails and broken glass. Small animals may have been forced to leave their homes and take up residence in your building. Be cautious when picking up or turning over items.
FOR MORE INFORMATION FLOOD PREPRATION AND CLEAN-UP PLEASE VISIT WWW.PEP.GOV.BC.CA or contact the Flood Information Hotline at 604-591-4055.