A hurricane calls for disaster recovery – are you prepared for what you’ll need to do in an emergency? From power outages to water removal, there are a variety of things you may need to do to get your business back up and running as quickly as possible. It’s especially important to be hurricane-ready in Florida where 40 percent of the one to two hurricanes that hit the eastern coast each year make landfall.
4 Ways to Make Your South Florida Business Hurricane-Ready
1. Be Prepared for a Power Outage
A power outage is the most common side effect of a hurricane. In fact, businesses and residential homes have been known to lose power for over a month following a major hurricane. No business can afford to go powerless for this long. Thankfully, there’s always the option to rent a generator and get the power back up and running in no time.
Generators can be set up to automatically power your most critical processes until the grid is restored. The moment the power goes out, generators can be set up to power on and take over running everything from computers to central AC.
If you wait until the last minute to get a generator following a hurricane, chances are, you won’t get a generator because they go super quick. Not to mention, the cost of renting a generator shoots through the roof due to limited supply and huge demand.
That’s why we offer emergency contingency plans so that you have a generator waiting and ready for you before the hurricane strikes. Plus, once you pay the reserve fee up front, you are guaranteed to pay the normal going rate for generators – not the sky-high surge price.
2. Invest in a Portable AC
If your AC system fails during a hurricane, a portable AC rental unit can act as a lifesaver. It’ll keep your most vital systems cool, while allowing your team to work through the disaster without overheating.
Along with temperature control, a dehumidifier could be essential following a hurricane. By reducing humidity to below sixty percent, you will help prevent a variety of secondary damages like mold and cracked wood.
Using a dehumidifier paired with a portable AC will keep temperatures at an ideal range, between 60 and 80 degrees.
Air movers can be placed beside AC units and dehumidifiers to keep air moving through the space, removing moisture from materials and assisting in the drying process.
3. Create a Water Removal Plan
If water builds up in your building it must be removed right away – the longer water sits, the greater damage it’ll result in. You may need dewatering pumps to remove water out of the affected areas so that additional equipment can be brought in from there. There are diesel and electric models on the market, and pumps may be brought in prior to generators when necessary.
Other machines commonly used to remove water and related debris from a space include sweepers and scrubbers. These handy machines make it easier to remove water, pick up small debris, and clean up floors.
4. Rent Air Scrubbers
Areas that have been impacted by water damage likely require air scrubbers or negative air machines to remove contaminants in the space. There are 2-, 3-, and 4-stage filtration systems depending on what you need and what type of contaminants are in a space.
Keep Your Cool – Cooling Power Has You Covered in a Hurricane!
Stay prepared when Florida’s next hurricane hits by signing up for an emergency contingency plan. For a fair down payment, you can secure the equipment you need to stay in control no matter what the weather throws your way. Contact us today to learn more.