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Do You Have A Plan?
Be prepared with an ERP
How quickly your company can get back to business after a fire or flood often depends on the emergency planning done today. While each situation is unique, your organization can be better prepared if you plan carefully, put emergency procedures in place, and practice for all types of emergencies. The following are some basic measures that business owners and managers can to be better prepared.
Develop a Business Continuity Plan
Your organization's risk needs will vary depending on the specific industry, size, scope and location. Begin by reviewing your business process flow chart, if one exists, to identify operations critical to survival and recovery. Carefully assess your internal and external functions to determine which staff, materials, procedures and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the business operating. You should also establish procedures for succession of management.
Review Insurance Coverage
Inadequate insurance coverage can lead to major financial loss if your business is damaged, destroyed or simply interrupted for a period of time. Insurance policies vary: check with your agent or provider about things such as physical losses, flood coverage and business interruptions. Understand what your policy does and does not cover.
Prepare Your Emergency Plan
Your employees and co-workers are your business’ most valuable asset. Communication is central before, during and after a disaster. Include emergency information in newsletters, on your company intranet, in periodic employee e-mails and/or other communication tools you use.
Practice The Emergency Plan
Some disasters will require employees to leave the workplace quickly. The ability to evacuate workers, customers and visitors effectively can save lives. If your business operates out of more than one location, establish evacuation procedures for each individual building. If your company is in a high-rise building, an industrial park, or even a small strip mall, it is important to coordinate and practice with other tenants or businesses to avoid confusion and potential gridlock.
Secure Your Facility and Equipment
Install fire extinguishers, smoke alarms and detectors in all of the appropriate places. Secure all entry and exit points and plan for mail safety. Plan what you will do if your building, plant or store is not usable. Secure valuable equipment.
Improve Cyber Security
Protecting your data and information systems may require specialized expertise, but even the smallest business can be better prepared. Use anti-virus software and keep it up-to-date. Don’t open emails from unknown sources. Use hard-to-guess passwords and change them regularly. Protect your computer from intruders by using firewalls. Backup your computer data by using a secure cloud-based service and download security protection updates, known as patches, regularly.
Need help creating an emergency plan for your business? Don’t panic! Call SERVPRO of East Riverside City and we’ll help you set up an ERP (Emergency Ready Profile) to meet all of your business needs. The call and ERP are free (951)222-2224
Restore Your Business After A Water Loss
Flooding and water damage to commercial properties can be very complex, requiring a knowledgeable yet flexible response in order to solve the numerous issues that can quickly present themselves. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate any and all areas affected. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we work diligently to restore the damaged areas.
Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
SERVPRO of East Riverside City can also help your business prepare for a disaster with an ERP (Emergency Response Preparedness Plan).
The SERVPRO ERP Advantage
On average, 50% of businesses close down following a water or fire disaster. The majority of businesses that remained open had a preparedness plan in place. Being “ready for whatever happens” gives you, the business owner, peace of mind and lets your employees and clients know that in the eventuality of a disaster, your business will be well taken care of.
By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
A no cost assessment of your facility.
This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
This document takes little time to complete and will not draw you away from current projects. It will save your business both time and money in the event of a disaster.
A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and located near by.
Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage, which can save you time and money.
Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during such an even you are "ready for whatever happens” whether you are available or not.
No matter the size of your business or office, take advantage of this free service and call your local SERVPRO today to see for yourself how an Emergency READY Profile can help your business.
New Construction and rain can be a pain - don' panic call SERVPRO
A new commercial building is being built off Van Buren Blvd in Riverside, CA. Before the roof could be put on the heavy rains came. A tarp was put on to prevent further damage which also allowed work to continue. Before drywall was installed the owners of the building and the site manager called SERVPRO of East Riverside City to check the building for moisture caused by the rain.
This process is called Moisture Mapping, in which various tools are used to check the moisture levels in various materials as well as find moisture that cannot be seen. If the wood is not dried to a reasonable safe level before drywall and other material is placed over it this could lead to damage in the future in the form of mold or dry-rot which could compromise the structure of the building.
This process of moisture mapping is also done for all water damage jobs. First to locate the water damage and help determine which dry out method is best. Then throughout the dry out process to ensure all the affected material is being property dried. These readings are compiled in a Drying Report.
For more information about moisture mapping see our video why-SERVPRO/Moisture-Mapping.
Get Your Ducts in a Row
Building owners and facility managers would probably agree that there are two very important, yet at times overlooked, appliances in any building-- the toilets and the HVAC system. Yet in the real world, the maintenance and upkeep of the HVAC system may take a backseat to sticking to the company budget.
The truth is, when poorly maintained, duct boards can begin to break down which causes them to shed fibers into the HVAC's air stream. This causes the air quality to deteriorate rapidly and may even become hazardous. Hospitals and other facilities with susceptible occupants should take special care when it comes to the air quality and performance of their HVAC systems.
Routine maintenance is best, including having your HVAC system and ducts inspected annually. The Professionals at SERVPRO of East Riverside City can inspect the heating, ventilation and HVAC system in your home or office. Our trained technicians can then make recommendations on the best way to address any concerns, as duct cleaning is not always necessary.
Keeping your ducts clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can save your company money and give your customers cleaner air to breathe.
Other benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:
- Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
- May help to eliminate offensive odors.
- Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.
For more information on duct cleaning contact call SERVPRO of East Riverside City today.
Maintaining Your Vacant Properties
Vacant buildings can be a target for vandalism, especially if there is little security or poor maintenance.
One of the most common items that attracts a thief to vacant buildings are copper piping or other valuable fixtures inside. If the property is not well maintained it becomes easy for people to break in and use the place for parties or more illicit means. Vacant properties can also become dwelling places for the homeless or squatters. The threat of a catastrophic fire is another problem for vacant properties. Each year over 30,000 fires are started in vacant buildings, causing over $640 million dollars in property damage.
Here are just a few things that property owners can do to protect any vacancies from being destroyed:
- Clear the front of the building of cardboard, paper, brush and scrap wood.
- Stop by the property regularly, at least once a week, or hire a property management company to care for the building.
- Keep parking areas and sidewalks in good condition.
- Any and all toxic substances that may cause contamination to surrounding areas or might harm people or emergency personnel should be removed safely and immediately from the building.
- Put up obstacles to ensure that all pedestrians and vehicles stay out of the parking area when the building is not in use.
- Keep exterior lights on at night; if possible hire a security guard to keep watch over the building during the night time hours.
- Make sure that fire exit signs and emergency lighting are always on.
- Keep the heat on and drain the plumbing system to avoid any burst pipes.
- Turn off all utilities except when needed and to power alarm systems and lighting.
- Fire detection devices should be linked to a central monitoring service and kept in working order. This can not only save your building but neighboring buildings as well
The majority of businesses that have to close due to a loss, such as water damage or a fire, will not reopen. This makes it vitally important to find the right people to get your business back on it's feet as quickly as possible. If your business suffers a loss, don’t panic! Call SERVPRO of East Riverside City and we can quickly arrive to handle any size loss.