NOAA mentions the importance of strengthening your home if you plan to ride out a storm, but a business owner needs to remember to prepare a second abode for bad weather: the workplace. It’s important to make sure your building is strong enough to hold up against a natural disaster. Vulnerable businesses and other sites can be retrofitted to be less vulnerable to hurricane damage in similar ways to homes. An important and relatively inexpensive measure is to elevate critical equipment such as utilities or IT infrastructure above projected flood levels. In highly vulnerable or especially critical structures, installation of flood barriers may be a good investment now to save you in the future.
One hazard often unrecognized in both homes and businesses is the threat from hazardous or flammable materials stored in areas that could flood, most commonly stored heating fuel. Above-ground storage tanks (ASTs), propane tanks of all sizes and other small-scale chemical stores are often lost in flooding events. Even underground storage tanks (USTs) can be vulnerable to buoyancy induced damage or water infiltration during flood events. However, if planned for ahead of time, it is possible to anchor tanks and other storage vessels with cables or tie downs and move small vessels to secure storage areas so they don’t float away.
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