As a business owner or manager, planning ahead for the future is part of your job. Most often, you find yourself contemplating the positive: What advantages set us apart from the competition? How can we grow our business? What staff and initiatives to do we need to put into place today to get where we want to be tomorrow?
It’s all good. But smart business people also keep in mind that somewhere down the road, the inevitable may occur: a natural or man-made disaster that’s out of our control. That’s why you have insurance, right? Along with a business emergency preparedness plan?
If you have a disaster plan, pat yourself on the back because you’re among the proactive minority: Nearly two-thirds (62%) of respondents to a recent Ad Council survey did not have an emergency plan in place for their business. However, having a workplace disaster strategy is only half the job. You also need to have a good handle on the disaster recovery process—what it involves and whom to call should things take a sudden turn for the worse. We’ve put together a free “Disaster Planning Checklist,” to help you get started.
Generally speaking, disaster can be divided into two categories. Natural disaster is the first and includes floods, tornadoes, forest fires, epic snowstorms, and the like. The second category, man-made disaster, is more ambiguous and can encompass arson, hazardous material spills, power failure, terrorism, and more. While each category of disaster presents its own unique challenges, they do have something in common: a significantly reduced recovery time thanks to planning ahead and pre-selecting a professional cleaning and restoration company to assist you in the process.
Professionals? That’s correct; simply search “disaster restoration companies” and you’ll find a myriad of businesses promoting their “expertise” at getting your business back on its feet after any emergency. A word to the wise, though: Not every company has the experience, training and technology it takes to do the job right. And because every minute counts immediately following a flood or fire, this is not the time to spend precious hours researching disaster restoration specialists…or picking a random agency under pressure. Rather, do your homework BEFORE disaster strikes to have full confidence in your disaster team’s capabilities—and eliminate at least one stressful aspect of the disaster recovery process.
Let’s take a look at the most common disasters to befall a business, and how qualified recovery specialists work to reverse the aftermath…
After the fire
When you think of a fire in the workplace, visions come to mind of charred electronics, scorched office furnishings and years of important documents up in flames. But often, possessions are just coated by layers of smoke and soot and can be salvaged by a professional fire damage restoration company.
Disaster recovery experts will first secure the building for safety reasons and to prevent further damage. Working alongside your insurance company, they will assess the situation and separate items that can be salvaged from those that need to be inventoried for replacement. They will then get to work using the latest technology to meticulously clean the items and pack them away into a secure storage facility until your workspace is habitable.
The top disaster recovery experts will also have skilled carpenters in house to rebuild your structure, all the while working closely with local building departments to ensure that codes and requirements are met or exceeded.
After the flood
A pipe breaks or a roof leaks in your office space, and whoosh—years of hard work can be washed away in minutes. Or, a fire breaks out and gallons of water are sprayed by brave firefighters (not to mention, the ceiling sprinkler system) in their efforts to extinguish the blaze. What seems an insurmountable, soggy mess to you is just another day in the lives of disaster recovery experts.
Quick action is the key: State-of-the art water extraction equipment is used on furniture, carpets and even walls to begin the drying-out process right away. Salvageable items are separated from those that need to be replaced; in some cases, saturated carpets are removed and discarded to prevent further damage to floors below.
With any extent of water damage, mold is always a concern, so make sure that the cleaning company you select has extensive knowledge of mold prevention and removal techniques.
A final thought
No one ever kicks off their workday expecting a fire, flood or other disaster (natural or man-made) to wreak havoc upon their life, much less their business. But with a business emergency plan in place—one that addresses the disaster recovery process—you’ll increase your company’s chances to rebound from the brink and rapidly rebuild your empire.
LDR Construction Services, Inc. Cleaning & Restoration has proudly served all of northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin since 1991. LDR specializes in the complete repair of fire, smoke, wind, water and vandalism damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, the LDR disaster team is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. For more information, visit www.ldr4service.com or call 1-888-874-7066.
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