If you have decided to put a storm readiness plan together, these are the essentials items that you will need to consider as part of your storm plan.
Facility Checklists: The following suggestions should be part of a larger Storm Preparedness Plan that should be executed once the storm is imminent and the warning of severe weather has been issued.
- Site Preparation – Keeping your site clean is a must.
- Secure Site – Secure all tools, movable equipment, etc. so to avoid creating projectiles. Cover or remove dumpster and trash from the job site. Dismantle all wood or fences that could be lifted by high winds.
- Maintenance – Perform a complete full maintenance of all electrical and mechanical equipment. Identify precautions for equipment exposed to water or high humidity and procedures for restarting machinery and equipment.
- Backup Systems – Check and perform tune-ups of generators. Purchase extra batteries for all systems that utilize a backup battery system.
- Emergency Site Supplies – Check and maintain proper supply of sandbags, fans, generators and other items that may be needed during an emergency.
- High Reaching Equipment – Dismount and secure all scaffolding. Booms should be laid down if time permits or the load line hooked to the structure at some low point.
- Piping and Inlets – Protect all underground piping and underground drains to prevent any accumulation of debris inside. Confirm all storm water inlets and catch basins are free of any material that can lead to obstruction.
- Deliveries – Postpone any scheduled delivery at least two days after storm occurrence.
- Power – Disconnect all power lines and remove temporary connections susceptible to damage.
- Take Photos – Before the storm hits record project status as well as equipment and facility conditions.
- Emergency Kits – Check and replenish your office with flashlights, emergency kits, safety record keeping documentation and other safety related material.
- Office Supplies – Prepare an office material supply kit with supplies for several days including water, non perishable food items, etc.
- Documentation – Secure documentation in a high safe place.
- Inventory – Compile an inventory of available equipment, tools and supplies to include with the emergency response plan.
- Insurance – Review insurance coverage and file a copy of insurance documentation off site.
- Project Contracts – Review your contract on how to manage contract extensions due to weather delays.
Site Procedures During an Emergency:
- Spills – Instruct your key and emergency personnel on what to do if an oil or chemical spill is noticed.
- Staff Assignments – Assign key personnel to execute specific functions once the storm is scheduled to hit an area near your facility.
- Communication – Establish the communication system to inform both onsite and offsite personnel about requirements and notifications during and after the emergency.
Home and Family Checklists: Monday through Friday we are your field services team, dedicated to ensuring your facilities pollution control systems operate with efficiency and reliability. The rest of the week we are spouses, parents, children, siblings, family and community members dedicated to the families and communities we are grateful to call ours. We developed the below tips to help ensure the safety of our families and yours.
Protecting Your Family:
- Water – One gallon of water per person per day. Plan for at least three days. Households with pets are recommended to stock additional water.
- Food – Again plan for at least three days worth of non-perishable food. If canned food is part of your plan ensure a manual can opener is readily available.
- Communication – A battery powered or hand crank radio is essential when monitoring storm and safety updates.
- Cell Phones – Make sure to charge both cell phones and backup batteries.
- Flashlights – Flashlights, candles and lanterns as well as matches, fuel and batteries are essential during long periods without power.
- First Aid – Your first aid kit should contain the basics such as band aids, gauze, bandages, thermometers, antiseptic cream, cleansing wipes and basic medicine for colds, pain, stings, bites etc. Additionally, items such as eye dressings, safety pins, sterile gloves, tweezers, scissors, tape, rash creams, specialty medicines such as those for migraines and children are also recommended. Be sure to contact your pharmacy to refill any prescriptions that are running low.
- Personal Hygiene – Baby wipes, dry shampoo, plastic bags and extra toilet paper can all be helpful in ensuring hygiene and preventing illness during a disaster.
- Temperature – Battery operated fans and extra blankets can help keep both humans and pets more comfortable and should be kept on hand.
- Review Insurance Policies – Look for changes in coverage, rebuild costs and gaps in coverage.
- Flood Insurance – Some flood insurance policies can be implemented as quickly as within three days of purchase. Homes outside of a flood zone are still highly susceptible to damage.
- Secure and Seal Roofs – The roof is the largest potential opening in the house where wind and water can cause damage.
- Patio’s – Secure and store patio and lawn furniture, furnishings, decor, etc.
- Cash – During power outages cash is often the only form of payment that can be accepted.
- Insurance Documentation – Some insurance companies require you to take precautions to protect your home before they will provide coverage. It is recommended that any actions taken to protect your property be documented.
- Family Documents – Copies of insurance policies, identification, bank records, family images and licenses.
Gulf Coast Environmental Systems’ team is readily available to provide support during emergencies such as these, to ensure our customers recover as safely and swiftly as possible. We hope you found these tips helpful.