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Disaster Prep: Post-flood safety and security

August 15, 2018
| United States

In this installment of Disaster Prep, we focus on how to mitigate potential injuries in post-flood conditions, including safety precautions for employees entering flood areas and proper maintenance of idle and/or partially operating facilities.

Immediate post-flood response

Keep the following guidelines in mind should floodwater result from an active storm or hurricane:

  • During and immediately after active flooding, employees should be directed to stay in a safe location. Await word from local authorities that it is safe to re-enter the work area.
  • Contact a doctor or medical specialist, or consult government guidelines to determine if any vaccines or health precautions are appropriate for your region, as floodwaters could carry hazardous substances.
  • Never attempt to drive a vehicle through floodwater, no matter how shallow it appears or how well you know the road. Such attempts are a leading cause of flood-related injury and death.
  • Do not bypass road barricades or drive on roadways that show evidence of damage or roadside erosion.

For more information, download our post-flood safety and security guide which covers:

  • Protection from contaminated floodwaters
  • Clean-up concerns
  • Re-entering building and structures
  • Generators and gasoline-powered portable lighting
  • Hazardous chemical safety
  • Other safety and security considerations

Also see our flood evaluation and recovery plan for guidelines on securing and recover your electrical equipment in the event of a flood.

We’ve created this Disaster Prep series to help you prepare for, protect against and respond to the effects of a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, flood or tornado.

Please see our other reports in this series:

For more information, please review the resources on our Disaster Response Center or contact your local Willis Towers Watson client relationship director or risk control consultant.


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