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BOMA’s Emergency Preparedness Guidebook includes updated information and checklists to plan for and manage all types of events, including public health emergencies and terrorism. The Department of Homeland Security has developed preparedness guides for commercial facilities.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization have detailed information on Ebola. BOMA members have access to additional resources by logging into the website and accessing the Preparedness Team Site in MyBOMA. Page ContentWhile most property managers are familiar with the threat of heavy rains and the impact that they can have on causing external flooding conditions, internal system failures also can create flooding events that can be equally damaging. When dealing with external flood threats, pre-planning can offer several benefits in reducing potential damage to the building and limit the amount of time (and money) needed to recover from extensive flood events.


If history teaches us anything, the significant increases in the frequency of floods, rising flood level during major events, and the expansion of the flood zones mapping, building owners should consider the possibility of flood-proofing their most vulnerable facilities. The guidebook walks the user step-by-step through the four phases of emergency management—mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery—to help ensure tenant safety and building security during emergency situations.
Internal flooding can occur from sewer system back-ups, broken or leaking water lines, failing sump pumps, and basement walls not properly water proofed. While floods may occur with little to no warning, there are steps that can be taken to minimize the damage when you do receive flood warnings. Owners can contact their local emergency agencies to determine which buildings are located in flood zones and discuss the various options for flood-proofing their buildings. When flooding occurs, property managers need to act quickly by locating the source of the water infiltration, take appropriate action to control or eliminate the water intrusion, ensure all electrical equipment that could create a shock-hazard in the wet areas is shut down and quickly begin to dry out the areas affected to limit the possibility of water damage or mold.


First and foremost is ensuring that all occupants know how to safely evacuate the building, or when evacuation is not possible, know where within the building to safely await assistance. Owners should also conduct a self-assessment of their buildings to identify equipment, records, or power sources that should be relocated above the anticipated flood level. Once the occupants’ safety is addressed it is time to focus on limiting damage to the building. Begin with relocating building contents to floor levels that are above the anticipated flood levels, de-energizing electrical equipment serving portions of the building that may become flooded to reduce shock-hazard, protecting points of entry with sand bags or other methods of limiting water intrusion, and preparing pumps and hoses to extract the water.



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