Hurricane Preparedness Checklist for Commercial Buildings

Hurricane season takes up half of the year in South Florida. Once it’s passed, its right around the corner again. This year, we are expecting near average hurricane activity. Colorado University suspects 13 named storms, 6 hurricanes, and 2 major hurricanes. Be proactive this hurricane season and prepare your commercial building for any possible storms with this hurricane tips.

Here’s our hurricane preparedness checklist for commercial buildings:

Be on the Lookout

Hurricanes don’t appear out of the blue. Fortunately, we are lucky enough to have technology and information at our fingertips. Whether you keep up with the weather reports through your phone, radio, or television, knowing when a hurricane is coming is your greatest advantage. The four key elements of a hurricane are high-speed winds, storm surges, torrential rains, and tornados. All of which can result in devastating damages to your commercial building. Hurricane readiness is a must in the wake of a hurricane.

Disaster Plans

A major commercial building will have its own disaster response in place, but it’s always a good idea to make sure a solid emergency strategy is in effect. Once you hear news of a possible storm, make sure you do these 5 things:

  1. Review your insurance policy. Be sure the building is covered against storm damage. Take images of the outside of the building, the perimeter, and inside if necessary. Taking video is also an effective way to document the integrity of the commercial building before the storm hit.
  2. If you have the means, advise employees to go home and prepare their own homes for the storm. In case of emergency, remind those in charge of their roles and responsibilities.
  3. Stock up on all emergency supplies – batteries, generator, tools, water, and anything else that might be needed during a power outage or flood.
  4. Back-up all electronics in your building with important data and files that your business can’t function without.
  5. Most commercial buildings in Florida have impact windows and flat roofs, but if needed, shutter the windows.

Double-checking that these plans are in place will prevent any possible issues with your insurance company, protect your commercial building and all of your valuables.

The Calm Before the Storm

With the ability to know the exact time and day a hurricane is supposed to hit, there are no excuses for not properly securing your commercial building. Once you have been alerted of a hurricane, it’s crucial you take cautionary measures.

  • After backing up all electronics, disconnect all wires except for refrigerators.
  • Ask your employees to clear their desks, bring home their work, or put it in a safe-kept place.
  • Move desks, furniture, and equipment away from windows, into the innermost rooms of the commercial building.  
  • Bring in and store all valuables and displays located outside the building.

Once the Storm Has Passed

Once the storm has passed, authorities have concluded it’s safe to be outside and return to your commercial building, you can look for any damages. If you or emergency services have identified any hazardous conditions, these need to be restored before employees can begin to work again. Inspect your commercial building roofing material, check the windows for cracks or missing glass, and look for any roof leaks or flooding.

Hurricane season is officially among us. Be alert and prepared this season. If you experience any roof damages or leaks to your commercial building, give Aastro Roofing a call. Our family has over 30 years of experience and is dedicated to building and repairing quality roofs. Drop us a line for a free estimate! (561) 409-3280