Severe Weather & Flood Preparation
Flooding in the Midwest – As the temperatures begin to increase, snow is melting across the northern regions causing most rivers to swell and exceed their normal levels. Many areas are currently experiencing major flooding and there is a potential for further snow melt and increased river flow. Preparations should be made to minimize the potential impact on fraternity housing operations.
We ask that you review the following simple actions that can help you prevent damage to your chapter facility from wind, rain, hail, or flood waters.
If your chapter facility is near a body of water or has been exposed to flooding in the past, you should review your Flood Emergency Response Plan (FERP) within the next two weeks with your chapter members. If you do not yet have a plan, take an opportunity this spring to develop one. Now is the time to understand how local or regional flooding could impact your chapter facility, the access to the facility, utilities, and what local suppliers may be of assistance should the need arise. Take a minute to review and inspect your flood defenses (backflow preventers, doors, walls, pumps, supplies, drain plugs, storm water drain inlets, sump pumps, water alarms). Monitor local weather reports and pay special attention to any local stream gage forecasting. Be prepared should the need arise to relocate members from the chapter facility should it be impacted by high water.
To help you review, revise, or even create a local flood plan please find a few excellent resources to assist you at the following link for a Flood Checklist, FERP information, and brief podcast on how to prepare for a flood. http://www.fmglobal.com/research-and-resources/tools-and-resources/nathaz-toolkit/flood
To assist with the melting snow from your roofs or on your property, remember to keep roof drains, gutters, downspouts, drainage ditches, and storm water drain inlets clear. All water should have a clear path to flow away from the building and especially building entrances. As you move into the spring season, review the grading of your landscaping to ensure you have adequate pitch or slope away from the building paying particular attention to window wells and other areas of potential water intrusion.
Inspect your chapter facility building exterior for anything loose and refasten as needed. Pay specific attention to roof perimeter flashing, roof coverings, and ensure your fire escapes remain properly fastened to the building. Be aware of dead tree limbs or vegetation that could be blown down and result in personal property damage (vehicles) or loss of utilities. If you have emergency power supplies available, be sure the equipment is reviewed and operational. Inspect and clear storm water drain inlets. Pay attention to the window wells and stair wells. Make sure local drainage ditches are clear of obstructions.
Thank you for being a James R. Favor & Company customer. Many additional loss prevention resources are available free of charge on our website. If you have questions about how to better protect your property and stabilize your insurance costs, be sure to review your most recent inspection report and implement the noted recommendations. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us and we would be glad to speak with you.