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Flood Action Steps For Businesses

4/30/2018 (Permalink)


If an advanced Flood Warning has been issued, there are several precautions that can be taken to help minimize damage to certain areas of your business:

  • Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so.
  • Disconnect electrical equipment and appliances.
    Move vehicles out of low lying parking garages.
    Raise elevators from bottom floor.



  •  Account that all employees are safe by establishing evacuation plans in advance, identifying areas outside the building that are designated meeting places. Assign select individuals to keep a list of their assigned team’s names and contact numbers in order to account for their whereabouts.
  •  If water enters the building and evacuation becomes impossible, move to an upper floor, and wait for rescuers.
  •  While evacuating, avoid attempting to drive through floods or rising water, nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are auto-related.
  •  Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
  •  Do not walk through moving water. Even six inches of moving water can make you fall.
    •  Use no open flames (there may be gas escaping from ruptured mains).
    •  Avoid floodwaters. Water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline or raw sewage.

Water may also be electrically charged.

    •  Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by flood waters.
    •  Listen for news reports to learn if the community’s water supply is safe to drink.
    •  Return only when authorities indicate it is safe.


  • Contact local emergency officials.
  • Secure main entrances to building.
  • Alert Security company and Alarm company of the situation.


  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Give priority to the protection of power plant and fire pumps, keeping them in service if at all possible.
  • Open basement or low-level windows to equalize water pressure on the building’s foundation and walls.
  • Begin water damage mitigation steps only if local emergency officials deem the structure safe to enter.
  • Notify your insurance agent or Risk Manager to determine insurance policy guidelines and steps to take.


  • Contact SERVPRO® of Fernandina Beach/Yulee to activate your Emergency READY Profile, if applicable, and request service.
  • Ensure availability of key decision maker to authorize mitigation work to begin.

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