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Storm Preparedness for Commercial Buildings

Summer storms can bring a host of challenges to commercial buildings, including high winds, heavy rains, and potential flooding. Proper preparation is essential to safeguard property, ensure the safety of occupants, and minimize operational disruptions.

Building Inspection and Maintenance
Conducting a thorough building inspection before storm season can identify potential vulnerabilities. Inspect the roof for loose or damaged shingles, and ensure that gutters and downspouts are clear of debris to prevent water accumulation and potential leaks. Check windows and doors for proper sealing and consider installing storm shutters for additional protection. Ensuring that all exterior elements, such as signage and lighting fixtures, are securely fastened can prevent them from becoming hazardous projectiles during high winds.

Critical Systems and Equipment Checks
Ensuring the functionality of critical systems is paramount in storm preparedness. Test backup generators to confirm they are operational and have sufficient fuel supply. Inspect sump pumps and drainage systems to ensure they are free from obstructions and working efficiently to handle potential flooding. Verify that fire safety systems, including alarms and sprinklers, are in proper working order. Additionally, consider installing surge protectors to safeguard sensitive electronic equipment from power surges caused by lightning strikes.

Stocking Emergency Supplies
Maintaining an adequate supply of emergency materials can make a significant difference during and after a storm. Keep an inventory of necessary maintenance tools and materials, like tarps, plywood, and sandbags, which can be used to address immediate repairs and prevent further damage.

By proactively addressing these areas, commercial buildings can significantly enhance their resilience against summer storms. A well-prepared facility not only protects its physical assets but also ensures the safety and well-being of its occupants, allowing for a quicker return to normal operations.

Contact us at 301-781-6538 or to learn more about how we can help you prepare your building for summer storms.

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