Before the storm:
- Stay up-to-date on storm’s progress.
- Ensure you have emergency communication plan in place prior to the storm, evacuation or treat.
Backup all data on servers and personal computers. If the backup site is within the area that may be affected by the storm, take backup tapes with you in the evacuation.
- Turn off all non-critical devises such as server monitors, work stations and other non-essential electrical equipment.
- Check the integrity of the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and move it to the highest level possible above the floor.
- Inspect and make emergency repairs to drains gutters and flashing.
- Strap or anchor to roof deck support assembly (all roof mounted equipment such as HVAC units and exhaust vent).
- Strap /Relocate vital records.
- Install windstorm shutter/plywood over windows and doors.
- Take the following steps so that items will not blow away or cause damage:
- Remove all loose debris.
- Anchor or relocate all nonessential equipment to a safe indoor location
- Secure storage of flammable liquid drums, or move them to sheltered area (but never into main facility areas)
- Anchor all portable buildings (e.g.;) trailers to the ground
- Secure large cranes and other heavy equipment
- Make sure outdoor signs are properly braced
- Ensure that the employees who volunteered to stay on site have proper supplies and equipment (drinkable water, nonperishable food, medical, flashlights, and walkie-talkies).
- Have cash on hand for post –windstorm needs, such as buying food and supplies or paying employees and contractors.
- Ensure you know which employees are certified in CPR, EMT, and etc.
- Repair and fill above –ground tanks with water.
- Fill the fuel tanks generators and all company –owned vehicles.
- Remove as many goods as possible from the floor, or ship them out of the facility.
- Shut off gas to minimize fire loss.
- Disconnect the main feeds to the facility , if possible ,to prevent a potential fire caused by short-circuiting of damaged equipment.
During the storm:
- Patrol the property continuously and watch for roof leaks, pipe breakage, fire or structural damage. During the height of a windstorm, personnel should remain in place that has been identified as safe from wind and flood.
- Constantly monitor any equipment that must remain online.
- During power failure, turn off electrical switches to prevent re-activation before necessary checks are completed.
After the storm:
- Secure the site.
- Survey for damage.
- Survey for hazard such as live wires, leaking gas or flammable liquids, poisonous gases and damaged to fountains or underground piping.
- Ask Key personnel to return and notify contractors to start repairs. Make sure safety systems are fully implemented before work is allowed to begin. This means controlling smoking and other flame sources. Require contractors to share responsibility for establishing fire-safe conditions before and during the job.
- Cover broken windows and torn roof coverage immediately.
- Separate damaged goods, but beware of accumulating too much combustibl inside a building.
- Begin salvage as soon as possible to prevent further damage.
- Clean roof drains and remove debris from roof to prevent drainage problems.
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