Indiana has its share of extreme weather throughout the year. Thunderstorms that produce rain, floods, lightning, and wind. High temperatures that can overload the electrical grid. Winter storms that bring cold, snow, and ice. These weather-related elements can negatively impact the safety, security, and productivity of your business – costing you money.
Now, if you’re thinking, “But I can’t control the weather,” you’re right. But you can’t just hope for the best when it comes to extreme weather conditions either. Because Mother Nature will strike when you least expect it. Therefore, it’s absolutely necessary to plan ahead to minimize your business risks.
What Steps Can I Take to Protect My Facility from Mother Nature?
Here are 3 measures you can take safeguard your employees and property from potential weather-related disasters.
- Develop Emergency Procedures
To keep your employees safe during working hours, you need to develop safety protocols that are included in your company’s employee handbook. These protocols should contain information on steps your employees can take to remain safe and protect company property. Additionally, these procedures should include contingency plans in case a weather emergency closes your business.
- Create a Disaster Recovery Plan
A disaster recovery plan is a step-by-step guide containing instructions on how your company will continue to operate or quickly recover following a disaster. This plan begins with an analysis of how severe weather and other environmental risks can impact your business. Once you have this information, you can determine what areas of your business are critical to get back online as quickly as possible and how long that may take.
- Purchase Security Equipment that Safeguards Your Business
While advanced planning is good, you still need the right security tools to protect your employees and property. Modern security technology, like the systems from Conzer Security, can provide you with many ways to detect weather-related issues before a situation becomes critical. These security systems include:
Environmental Detection Systems
Temperature and Humidity: Your IT and other sensitive equipment require a controlled environment (i.e., a specific temperature and humidity range) to function properly. During summer months, severe weather can cause power outages which can cause your equipment to overheat. Overheating will shut down and damage components. During the winter, in a room that gets too cold, moisture can cause condensation to develop. Water from condensation can damage electrical components.
Additionally, humidity can damage computers and other electronic equipment. High humidity can corrode electronic modules. Whereas, low humidity can cause static electricity to build up, which can discharge and ruin electronic devices.
Environmental detection systems enable you to detect changes in temperature and humidity before problems occur.
Flood: A severe thunderstorm can bring the potential for flooding, especially if your business is located near a river or other body of water. Even low-lying areas have the capability of flooding during periods of unrelenting rain.
But it’s not just rain water that can cause problems. Internal sources of water can also flood your building. For example, extreme cold can cause water pipes to freeze and burst.
Floods can cause extensive damage to the walls, floors, furniture, equipment, and materials in your business. One way to protect yourself is with a flood detection system, which can warn you when water is present.
Fire Alarm Systems
Lightening and electrical surges during extreme weather conditions can spark a fire within your workplace. A fire alarm system can warn employees and visitors to evacuate the building – saving lives. Additionally, fire alarm systems can include smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Smoke and carbon monoxide can create a toxic air environment for your employees, which can even lead to death.
Video Surveillance Systems
A video surveillance system can help you keep an eye on your business during severe weather. If high winds cause damage to the exterior of your building, you’ll be able to see it – and have a recording (with a DVR), as damage proof for the insurance company. Additionally, you’ll be able to monitor other weather situations for adverse effects, like too much snow on a roof or flooding occurring outside a building.
If you don’t have the time or resources to sufficiently monitor your business 24/7, remote video monitoring through Conzer Security can help. Our trained security professionals can watch your video surveillance feed in real time during extreme weather conditions. If they notice any problems that occur, you can be notified immediately.
Conzer Security – Your Weather Protection Security Experts
At Conzer Security, we can’t change the weather, but we can help you protect your business from its effects. We offer state-of-the-art environmental detection, fire alarm and video surveillance systems for business, so you can safeguard your employees and property at any time – not just during bad weather.
Additionally, we can help protect your valuable information with cloud backup and storage. So, you don’t have to worry about losing your company data due to a fire, flood, or other weather-related disaster.
Contact us for a free security consultation to learn how you can protect your business more effectively from the harsh effects of Mother Nature. We can design a solution that fits your needs and budget while protecting your valuable assets.