Flood Emergency Operation Plan

Flood Emergency Operation Plan

Planning for the unthinkable like a flood is part of the solution and is time well spent. We learn that early on in our life and careers, yet it can be easy to make it "another day" project. However for many of us, flood waters entering our place of work, business or home is a real threat.

Part of the problem is knowing where to start in the planning process. We've compiled some tips based on FEMA recommendations that can help you establish a plan to be prepared. Include the following:

  • Identify a person in charge and chain of command
  • Notification procedures
  • Evacuation procedures
  • Safe entry point for emergency personnel
  • Facility address
  • Location of power shutoffs
  • Blueprints or maps
  • Hazardous materials in use
  • List of equipment and documents to be moved
  • Specifically assigned emergency & cleanup duties
  • Location of emergency & cleanup supplies like industrial wet/dry vacuums
  • Periodic training and drills

Once a plan is in place, dealing with an emergency flooding situation will be easier and more effective. The impact can be massive with less loss of property, damage and injury.