Inspections before weather arrives:
- Inspect your perimeter, building envelope and roof for areas that are vulnerable to water intrusion and wind damage.
- Check grading, gutters and downspouts to ensure that heavy rains will drain away from your building.
- Inspect rooftop unit security measures (straps, screws, latches) to ensure that the system you have in place has not weakened or deteriorated.
- Move outdoor contents (patio furniture, grills, trashcans, etc.) that could become airborne to a safer temporary location indoors.
- Stay in tune with local weather to track if impacts have intersected with your building location.
The Human Element:
Besides building vulnerabilities, other conditions commonly associated with losses can be attributed to the human factor. This is a season for vacations (which again, are so deserved)! This also is an important time to review your internal system for coverage and back up.
A few simple questions, when answered, will go a LONG way towards your risk mitigation and preparedness.
Q: At a time when so many folks are on vacation, who will still be local to the facility and can monitor conditions and/or respond on-site if an issue occurs?
Q: Does the backup contact have access to the building, and if appropriate, the necessary alarm and fire codes.
Q: Does the backup contact have the necessary information for early action responses (i.e. knowledge of utility shut offs, cell numbers for electrician, plumber and tree removal contractors)?
Q: You know your facility best, when something goes wrong, what critical information (as well as what is simply second nature to you) would you want your coverage personnel to know?