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Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane Preparedness from Irving Weber Associates

At Irving Weber Associates, we want to be sure that our customers are prepared in the event of an emergency.  Remembering that Hurricane Season lasts until November, we want to take an opportunity to let you know some ways you can be prepared in the event of a major storm.  Here is a Storm Checklist for you to keep handy and refer to in the face of an imminent storm.

Before   the Storm:
Maintain a Phone list of   employees & provide copies to key staff members
Keep on hand: flashlights,   batteries, first-aid kit, & tool kit
Determine safe evacuation   routes inland
If you have a voice mail system, designate one remote number on which to record messages for employees.  Provide this number to ALL   employees.
Unplug any unnecessary   electrical devices
Inspect, and where possible,   repair drains, gutters, & flashing
Arrange for programmable call forwarding for your main business line.    If you can’t get to your store, you can call in & reprogram the   phones to ring elsewhere.
Give store keys & alarm codes to a trusted employee who lives close to the business in the event that you are unable to reach your business quickly during an emergency.
Test your emergency lights
Fill gas tanks & generator
Back up computer data   daily.  Keep backup tapes off site
Use UL-listed surge protectors   & battery backup systems.  They   will add protection for sensitive equipment & help prevent a computer   crash if power is lost
Protect/relocate important documents: insurance policies, bank info etc.
Install windstorm   shutter/plywood over windows & doors
Inspect outside of the property to   secure items that could blow away or become dangerous if they are airborne;   such as chairs, tables, etc
Secure storage of flammable   liquid drums (Do not put into main facility areas)
Be sure to have cash on hand
Remove all items possible from   floor & keep items that remain as far from exterior walls as possible.
Shut off natural gas supply
Stay informed about weather   updates, watches, or warnings

  

During   the storm:
Patrol the property continuously   & watch for leaks, pipe breakage, fire, or structural damage.
Monitor any   equipment that must remain online
  Power   Outage
  Notify your utility company of the outage.  Obtain any known   information about the cause & expected length of the outage
  All compressors & related equipment should be turned off individually once a power outage has occurred.  When power is restored, turn on compressors & related equipment individually to minimize the possibility of an “end rush” that could blow the main circuit breakers.

  

After the   Storm
Listen to weather stations to   be sure the storm has passed
Wait until area is declared   safe before entering
Survey for safety hazards such   as live wires, leaking gas, or flammable liquids.
Begin Salvage/repair as soon as   possible
Cover Broker windows & torn   roof coverings
Separate damaged goods, but   beware of accumulating too much combustible debris inside the building
Clean roof drains