National Preparedness Month is a reminder to all of us to prepare now for the unexpected in the future. The Department of Homeland Security’s “Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today,” theme from last year was reinvented for this year with a continuing emphasis on preparedness for youth, seniors, and people with disabilities. For those of us in charge of commercial buildings, whether through construction, maintenance, or management, preparedness is especially important. Occupants of commercial buildings rely on safety measures established by building owners when a situation does happen to arise. And, most importantly, when it comes to your roof, having a plan in place to help prepare for unexpected events is critical.
Elements of a good disaster roof plan include:
Know your roof
Any roofing disaster response plan should include knowing what the condition of your roof is ahead of any unexpected event. Having a thorough inspection completed ahead of any storm season by an experienced roofing professional is necessary. This will allow you to understand the current condition of your roof and if steps need to be taken to strengthen it prior to any potential disaster. This could be as simple as repairing any minor tears in your roofing membrane to cleaning off any excess dirt and debris. Once repairs have been made, make sure a bi-annual roof inspection is completed. In many cases, this will keep your building under warranty.
Create an action plan.
After any natural disaster, whether it is torrential rain and wind, hurricane, tornado, or snowstorm, there will probably be damage to your roof. No roof can withstand everything – even buildings that have been well maintained. Create a course of action to have repairs done as soon as possible. Having the names and contact information of both your insurance company and your roofing contractor on hand will be essential for speedy repairs. In the wake of any disaster, building owners will be scrambling to find a contractor to get repairs done quickly. If you already have a relationship with a contractor who is approved by your insurance company, the probability of receiving faster response is assured.
Having the right plan in place will make you and your staff feel more confident about dealing with the unexpected. National Preparedness Month is the perfect reason to revisit the safety measures your facility has in place.
Design your own emergency communication plan. For instructions, click here.
If you have questions regarding your commercial roof system or if you need an inspection to understand it’s condition, please contact Williams Roofing Company.