Severe weather may affect Emergency Service Organizations (ESO’s) in many different ways. Responding to storm related incidents and calls for service can be stressful for the organization and the communities they serve. Members of the ESO may also be impacted at home and the workplace. The commitment of the ESO to the citizens they serve may require a vast amount of resources if the event is widespread with an extended mitigation period. Having a plan in place may help the ESO be considered a stable and dependable entity during these events. One key to accomplishing this goal is preparation. Written procedures, checklists and guidelines are invaluable to assist the ESO’s preparation. This documentation process allows pre-emergency discussions in a non-emergency environment. Written guidelines are also useful to members of the ESO in the event that administrative staff is not available.
During this season, we want to remind everyone to be as safe as possible, even as the need for your services increases. With that being said, here are some resources and procedures to help after the storm.
After the Storm
Claims should be turned in ASAP. The sooner a claim is submitted, the quicker the adjusters can get the assignment. We are recommending if there is any damage to an apparatus that you take a photo showing the height of the water on the apparatus (i.e. water line mark on the apparatus). This will help the adjusters determine what will be needed: repairs, fluid replacement, or just inspection. In addition, you should set aside damaged property for inspection and assemble an inventory of damaged items. If your building is flooded, please contact a mitigation contractor immediately to start the water extraction process.