What Hurricane Irma Teaches Us About Disaster Recovery

While hurricane Irma has become a faint memory to the rest of the United States, Floridians have not forgotten. Many businesses, resorts, and attractions are still struggling to bounce back after the catastrophe that caused wide-spread damage to the southern half of the state.
When it comes to Hurricanes, location and luck play a large role on who gets hit the hardest. However, it is important that property owners and managers take the proper measures to prepare before the storm so that their properties stand a chance in a quick recovery. 

Below are several lessons management companies can learn from Hurricane Irma:

Plan for The Next Catastrophe

Assuming your property is not currently being repaired for Hurricane damage, it is crucial that management companies understand that natural disasters such as hurricanes pose as a large threat to a buildings infrastructure. Just because you have been lucky so far, does not mean you will always be spared. After a natural disaster, it is essential to have recovery teams on-site to decrease the extent of any further property damage. Unfortunately, right after a hurricane hits is the wrong time to look for a team to help you. Most disaster recovery teams prioritize their existing clients above new clients. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to find a reputable response team prior to a natural disaster ever occurring so that they can help you as soon as it is safe to do so.

Choose a Reputable Team with Multiple Locations

The only way to ensure a swift recovery from a natural disaster is a quick response from your catastrophe response team. We cannot stress enough how important it is that your team has the ability to get to you within a timely manner.

Dry Out as Quickly as Possible

Hurricane Irma struck over a month and a half ago and many properties have yet to be remediated in the worst-hit areas. Water has the tendency to cause worse damage, the longer the materials stay wet.

Within 72 hours, mold will start to grow. Once mold sets in, drying the materials out will no longer be an option and the materials will have to be thoroughly cleaned or removed. When properties are left for longer, other forms of growth and deterioration can occur, causing further damage. Worst case scenario, moisture that isn’t addressed will cause structural damage. The faster a team can get into the property with fans, dehumidifiers and other remediation efforts, the less damage the property will sustain.

If you’d like to have DCS on your side for the next incident, give us a call today.

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