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Storm Preparation Checklist


Posted on June 3, 2020

The SRSA Property Engineer’s Storm Preparation Checklist is continually updated based on experience and best practices. The following are the primary preparation checklist items for every major storm:

  • Lift up items of value in ground floor storage areas that may get wet if flooding occurs.
  • In areas that have known leaks, or where roofs have not been repaired prior to the storm, relocate critical equipment if able, or cover with visqueen.
  • Have plywood of 1/4 to 3/8-inch thickness, studs and fasteners available on site in the event of glass breakage after the storm. Three to five pieces of full plywood (4’x8’) should be adequate.
  • Clear debris from around dumpster enclosures. Have dumpster emptied before storm, if possible, or secure lid to full dumpster, if possible.
  • Turn off motors that could single-phase if power fluctuates during or after a storm.
  • Glass Vendors: Name and Number
  • Tree surgeons: Name and Number
  • Update Tenant Call Lists for Rapidcast emergency communications.
  • Update Office Employee Call List for Rapidcast emergency communications.
  • If construction dumpster is in place, have the contractor pull it or cover it securely.
  • Check and secure all wood fences, including those around dumpsters and emergency generators.
  • Retail businesses – boarding windows. Provide instructions to Tenants.
  • Remove flags, banners and pennants where possible.
  • Remove/secure any objects that could become airborne, i.e. lawn furniture or ground items.
  • Check pylon signs. Make sure panels are secure.
  • Make sure deadbolts work to main entrance doors. Ensure chains / padlocks are ready.
  • Make sure A/C panels, antennas and other roof equipment are secure.
  • Clear roof debris such as discarded A/C parts, roofing cement buckets.
  • Have emergency generators topped off with fuel.
  • Make a plan for how tenants will access the building after the storm.
  • Have vendor phone numbers available for debris removal.
  • Have extra batteries / charger ready for cell phones.
  • Stock up on batteries for flashlights.
  • Clear roof, parking lot and storm drains of debris. Roofs with low or no parapet walls should not be accessed during high winds or wet conditions.
  • Turn off automatic landscaping sprinklers and fountains.
  • For properties with elevators, raise the elevators high enough such that cables are not sitting in any water that may seep into elevator pit. (Includes steel and communications cables.)
  • Plan to use traffic cones to delineate damaged areas, landscape, etc. after the storm.

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