Disaster Recovery Checklist from Sutcliffe & Co Insurance Brokers

Worcester-based insurance brokers Sutcliffe & Co have released  their ‘Disaster Recovery Checklist’ to help local businesses deal with the aftermath of recent floods.

The list is as follows:

  • Obey emergency services
  • If safe, turn off utilities at mains and disconnect electrics
  • Do not enter flooded property unless safe
  • Beware contaminated water; If you have to walk through water use a stick to check route
  • Wear protective equipment
  • Contact your insurer / broker
  • Take photos and list damage to buildings and contents
  • Get professional advice on damaged structures and specialist equipment
  • Update employees, customers, suppliers, etc
  • Obtain quotes for cleaning, repair and replacement
  • If possible remove wet contents but do not dispose of items until authorised by your insurer
  • Disinfect the property, not forgetting plumbing
  • Remove water and mud gradually so pressure inside and out is not excessive
  • Keep windows and doors open, weather and security permitting
  • Dry property using heaters, fans and dehumidifiers
  • When carrying out repairs consider flood resilient materials and designs that will make recovery easier next time.

For more information, visit their website here.