Disaster Preparedness Plan

An emergency water damage event can affect any residence or business property, the causes of which can range from a burst sewer pipe into a full-scale natural flooding or storm devastation. Having an emergency management plan in place will help to mitigate the damage to your house or business, in addition, to ensure the greatest levels of health and safety for staff members and others that are on site. 

Recovering from water damage can be expensive. Having an emergency water damage restoration strategy in place will save money and time. With the correct information and proper planning, you can reduce accidents about the water damage expenses from water damage cleanup can be reduced, along with the time it takes to recover from the flooding.

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The Emergency Management Strategy that our company employs has four main components; prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery.

Prevention and Mitigation. In the first part of our strategy, we focus on the ways in which we can avoid personal injury and also the ways in which we could prevent a disaster from occurring in the first location. Pipes and other fittings should be monitored if they are old, and replaced where possible. Mitigation is the area of the strategy where we decrease the damage caused.

Preparedness covers how we could get prepared for a possible emergency by having a great plan in place. This entails training, in first aid, by way of instance, ensuring that we have the proper equipment, such as fire extinguishers, and delegating roles so that when an emergency strikes, everyone knows what they should be doing.

Response. How we react to a crisis will make all of the difference to the results. We will need to act calmly while taking the appropriate measures. Rehearsing these in advance will help us to respond more efficiently and with a cooler head. The response also involves calling for assistance, from the Fire Fighters or Ambulance Services, for instance, to include the emergency as soon as possible.

Recovery. In this phase, we’re focused on restoring the property to its pre-damaged condition, making sure that water and electricity supplies are reinstated and that the people affected can return to their lives as soon as it is safe to do so.

An emergency can be separated into five major stages, each of which is important to understand. 

Discovery and Immediate Notification. When we find out that we’re facing an emergency, we will need to inform the ideal people, emergency services, specialist restoration experts, or at work, the on-site safety officer.

Assessment and Accident Response Initiation. The security officer, or responsible person, must assess the situation and quickly determine the ideal course of action. Training and pre-planning assist us to make quick decisions when faced with the unexpected.

Countermeasures and Containment. Once we have determined the right course of action, we must act quickly to contain the emergency and keep it from worsening. If we find a fire, then we should approach it with a fire extinguisher if it’s safe to do so. Otherwise, we have to immediately call the Firefighters for assistance. When appropriate, we should switch off the power and evacuate the assumption.

Cleanup Operations and Waste Disposal. Once we have the disaster under control, we must concentrate on cleaning and sanitizing the area, removing all debris and waste to make the property secure once again.

Documentation. Recording as much information as we possibly can help prevent future incidents from occurring as well as helping with any insurance claims.

Emergencies can be classified into three major categories. Having a clear idea of what we are facing will help us to respond most appropriately.

Emergency Level 1: This is a tragedy that’s unlikely to impact anything beyond about 20 meters from the website. A burst pipe at the top floors of a residential home, for instance, may flood the house itself but will not pose an imminent danger to neighboring properties or passers-by.

Emergency Level 2: In this case, the disaster is more severe and may affect people and properties around 500 meters away. This is a very serious situation, and people need to be evacuated immediately from the area, and until it’s made safe, just emergency services personnel may enter. This may include a severe leak of toxic gas, a large scale storm flooding, or a terrorist incident.

Emergency Level 3: This is an extremely severe emergency and will affect areas beyond 500 meters from ground zero. Immediate action must be taken to evacuate residents from the area, and evacuation procedures may even contain neighboring villages. A significant fire or a fast-moving flood would qualify in this category, and a well thought out, practiced, emergency response management plan will save lives.

Every effective Disaster Management Plan contains these key elements, all of which will be discussed in greater detail in the educational city hall event being hosted by Service Restoration.

  • Realistic planning and good detection measures in place.
  • Excellent communications and delegated safety officer for the site.
  • Knowing the available resources.
  • Continuous in-house staff training.
  • The right emergency response.
  • Regular updates to your Emergency Management Plan.
  • Adequate provision of safety equipment, such as First Aid Kits and Fire Extinguishers.

Ensuring that you have the components of your emergency response in place before disaster strikes will mean that you can mitigate the harm and contain the incident as quickly as it’s safe to do. Getting your strategy in place will allow you to respond quickly and be able to coordinate your response with your staff and the local emergency services.

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Service Restoration is a family run company that has helped the residents of Arkansas to recover from crises of all types. As leading experts in the field of water damage and property recovery, 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’re fully licensed and insured and offer you a free quote when you telephone us. We’ve got a fully compact 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 available 24 hours, seven days a week because we know that when an emergency strikes, you need help available FAST!