Commercial Property Emergency Preparedness
Now is the perfect time to think about making some resolutions, according to Joseph McCann, owner of SERVPRO® of Glendora/San Dimas. While resolutions typically involve committing to personal changes and reaching goals, McCann says the single most important resolution business owners can make for 2017 is to “Resolve to be Ready.”
“Preparing in advance to deal with the unexpected can make a world of difference in how quickly and completely business owners can continue with business,” says McCann. “Emergency readiness plans are the foundation for effective and timely emergency response.”
McCann encourages all commercial property owners to take advantage of the no-cost emergency planning tools available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) (www.ready.gov/publications), as well as SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile and READY Plan Mobile App (http://ready.SERVPRO.com).
- FEMA offers materials on topics ranging from creating a Business Continuity Plan to an Insurance Discussion Coverage Form in addition to guidelines for creating an Emergency Response Plan.
- For businesses, SERVPRO offers a no-cost facility assessment and assistance in creating a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP). The ERP includes information about emergency contact numbers, priority and high/risk areas, shut-off valve locations and more that can then be stored in the READY app.
“The time to gather and store information like emergency contact numbers; insurance contacts; and the location of fuse boxes, fire suppression system controls, and such is before an emergency strikes, not during an emergency,” says McCann. “Having this information at your fingertips can help emergency response teams react as quickly and effectively as possible, helping to limit loss of property and even lives.”
SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping to remedy damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas, please contact Joseph McCann at (626) 852-9922 or hcotterman@SERVPROgsd.com.