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Recovering After the Storm Damage

November 28, 2019

Recovering After the Storm Damage

You can find yourself in the midst of the bad weather without any warning at all. In many cases when the thunderstorm occurs, you barely even have time to get to the safe shelter. No matter if you are a Company owner or even a homeowner, you should always think about moments like these before they even occur. 

First of all, make sure that you have the correct insurance policy. Your home or the company should be covered in the events of a disaster. Will the amount of the coverage be enough to restore the damage? Try thinking about questions like this before the damage happens and you will make your life much easier in case of the storm events.

Before doing anything else, make sure that you are covered for the following events: 

• Windstorm Damage
• Water (Flood) Damage
• Sewer Backup (In case of flooding)
• Sump Pump Failures (In case of flooding)

Once you get yourself a proper insurance coverage for storm damage, you will feel much better and safer in case the weather tragedy occurs. 

A lot of business owners are usually aware of the basic steps that need to be taken in order to secure their business in case of elemental damage. By following out three simple steps below, you will be able to go back to your regular operations in no time, and maybe even fast enough to surpass your competitors and get a great profit because of it.

First Step: Getting Yourself a Disaster Recovery Service

It may seem expensive for you to hire a disaster recovery service, particularly if the damage shows up on the surface, but it is always better to have a professional with the complete knowledge of the storm damage rather than trying to fix it all on your own and ending up with much higher money and probably time loss. Experts for disasters can predict and prevent any possible issue, and at the same time they can provide you the access to your most important company documentation. 
In order to get back to work, document recovery can be a big challenge. Timing is most important when it gets to the documentation recovery, especially if you are dealing with mould. Specialists say that mould will develop inside the unventilated areas within the next 48 hours, no matter the condition of the weather outside. In cases like these, dehumidifiers and dryers can help you a lot in providing air circulation as much as possible throughout your company’s offices. 
The speed of your response will usually be the deciding factor of how well you will save your business. Having your disaster recovery service on your speed dial should be your top priority so that you can contact them as soon as you make sure that the safety of your co-workers has been secured. 

Second Step: Reparations and Recovery 

Once the storm has passed, you should consult with the experts about taking the recovery and reparation steps. In case you decide to perform the restorations and reparations on your own, you should keep the following advice on your mind: 

• In case your computers were in contact with water, don’t try to turn them on, but rather remove the Hard Disk Drives (HDD) from them and contact the company that is specialized in disk recoveries.  
• If your company is in possession of steel devices, then you should dry them as soon as possible if you want to reduce the chances of getting rust on them. 
• Copy devices should be checked before any attempt of using them again. Make sure that the tonner is not wet, otherwise you will have to carefully remove it and send it to the service company. 

Third Step: Clean up and Secure a Cash Flow

Before your employees are back to work, you need to make sure that their offices are cleaned thoroughly from any type of debris. You should know that plenty of items that are not usable after the storm can be recycled, so rather than dumping them you can always send them for recycling. 

As we already mentioned above, your biggest enemy here is moisture, so try to dry out your company space in order to stop the growth of the mould and afterward any type of harmful micro-organisms.

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