Quick Guide: Disaster Preparedness & Recovery

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Do you have a disaster preparedness & recovery plan? September is the peak of hurricane season, and these dangerous storms spare no one. Hurricanes leave behind downed power lines, widespread outages, flooding, and structural damage. However, knowing how to prepare and respond will limit your downtime. This quick guide will help you develop an effective plan of action.

Prepare for the Worst, Hope for the Best

On average, you will receive a 36-hour window to prepare for a hurricane. But if you live in a high-risk area, you can start preparing for the worst all year long. Follow these steps:

  • Create an emergency supply kit. It should include water, non-perishable food, and a first-aid kit.
  • Pack a cellphone, portable charger, and battery-powered radio.
  • Trim any bushes or branches on your property, especially those near power lines.
  • Board up windows to reinforce them against strong winds.
  • Consider placing sandbags around your facility’s perimeter to help prevent flooding.
  • If you live in a high-risk area, don’t forget to purchase flood insurance. You must do this in advance. Most policies have a waiting period before the coverage goes into effect.

Evacuation is always a possibility during a hurricane. Leaving as soon as possible helps you avoid gas shortages or congested traffic. If you choose to shelter in place, buy a generator and enough fuel to last for at least two weeks.

Recovery After a Storm

Widespread power outages and damage are common after a hurricane. Field workers may stumble across fallen trees, downed power lines, and structural debris. Flooding may further complicate recovery efforts.

Once field workers restore power delivery, test all systems carefully. Before turning on any electronics, search for signs of water damage. Never mix water and electricity—they’re a deadly combination.

Inspect your property for leaks and broken windows. It’s also a good idea to test the water for bacteria, and when in doubt, boil it before consumption. Blocked roads may complicate travel. Avoid heading out unless it’s absolutely necessary.

Get Back Online with ABB

Hurricanes do a lot of damage in very little time. ABB Field Services can help speed up the recovery process. We have the products and services needed to get you back online and fully operational. Get in touch with the ABB Field Services South team to learn more about our disaster preparedness & recovery services.