Recovery from Snow and Flood Building Contingency
6 March 2018
The country is tired of the clichés which accompanied the recent batch of weather. Wanting to move on and get on with going to work and our lives without the stigma attached that a little snow crippled the UK. That said some locations in the UK did experience the worst snowfall for a couple of decades. With the increased use of the Internet since those times and sentiment being shared via social media, the weather had such a widespread impact on the general populous. Shops ran out of fresh provisions, people could not get to work (albeit except narrow central corridor of the UK) and news outlets sent their chief war correspondents far and wide around the home counties to capture the story as it unfurled. Joking aside the cold weather has caused widespread disruption in the early part of 2018. In a time where high street retailers have been feeling the economic pinch of just bricks and mortar operations – the cold spell could not have come at a worse time.
As we explained in our article in December there is always going to be the risk of localised flooding due to sudden thaw or a change in temperature. The issue we have encountered with burst water main supplies only serves to prolong the nations anguish following a weather incident.
When there are incidents of flooding following a snow event. The pressure on business can be extreme as operations struggle to recover from what is already a trailing time. Whether it is an interruption to production, storage or distribution flooding can be that element of a weather incident you have not factored for. It is already bad enough to have reduced human resources and flying at the seat of your business pants using the last of your carefully figured out contingency plans and then comes the flood.
Actions on flood
Limiting the disruption to the remaining operations of your business is paramount. If you can maintain your business objectives whilst sparing capacity to resolve your minor flood challenge, then do so. It is always best to mitigate operational loss through such incidents. You may also find that your team will learn more from operating under duress. As explained earlier if the flood has only restricted a portion of your operation then use your resilience to factor the best way forward or work around.
Flooding in Storage Facilities
Now is this goods in or goods out? They both are detrimental to smooth operations but factoring for the impact to you and your customer base is key here. Work the problem back from the customer to your operations and see how you can overcome the issue. Have you got alternative storage you can utilise whilst you instigate a drying out of buildings or outside storage areas? Do you need temporary container storage to assist or alleviate the practicality of storage? The practicality of storage for your business is often overlooked until it comes to an issue such as bad weather. You may think your storage is ideal but when you have a flood and your back up raw materials are only available at the top of your racking and your best machinery for the job is in for flood damage repairs everything becomes a different issue. One solution would be to set up a contingency camp of container units near your goods in to enable ground level secure storage. This can be made secure and if you require pumps or temporary tracking to set out as a base then you have one option out of the way.
Flooding on the shop floor
What about at the end or your manufacturing process or office space? How to keep the technical aspect of your operations working when flood hits. You need to be able to support your staff team and their welfare requirements as quickly as possible. We always find an influx of requirements for portable toilets, shower facilities, dryers, heaters and dehumidifiers at times like this. Keeping your clear up process structured and focusing on your business operations will enable you to prioritise your hire requirements thus aiding you to regain optimum efficiency and start focusing on keeping your business going.
Once you are back on an even keel, the snow has melted, the water supply is back on and operations are running smoothly. Now is time to invest time and management expertise in contingency planning for when this happens again. When? Yes that is right, whilst March has already proven to be the coldest on record (only five days in) it is worth now looking to plan for extreme weather contingency for your business now. Plan for when the snow hits, what happens if there is a power outage? Can you cope when your business has a partial flooding and who does what. Do the planning now and then the impact will be reduced when you have to call upon those plans in the future.
For all your hire requirements, the equipment you need to prevent or overcome your business exposure to extreme weather contact our hire desk. We have a professional team who can help you with the kit you need all anywhere in the UK. Call: 0844 288 7265