Are you ready for the next storm?

Different parts of the United States experience different storm seasons. In the Southwest, Monsoon season begins in July and runs through September. In the Midwest crippling storms can roll through from spring to fall. In the Northwest mild storms in the spring through fall give way to stronger storms in the winter, while here in the West storms can be far and few during the short rainy season from fall to spring. No matter your facility’s location there are several important tasks that should be done to manage the impact of impending storms.

One task that shouldn’t be overlooked is storm preparedness of your storm drain system. A good drainage system is designed to handle all but the most intense lasting storms and should not be prone to flooding. Prior to storm events, it’s critical that staff inspect the storm drain inlet structures to ensure that none of the storm drain inlets are blocked or full of debris. In particular storm drain inlets located near heavy vegetation, especially deciduous trees. Storm drain inlets located close to habitable buildings or in deep low spots or corners can also be subject to blockage and backup. With UVARA you can easily see your entire Storm Drain network and identify critical assets to ensure that your storm drain system works at peak performance (see below).

Storm Drain

Should flooding occur you can easily consult UVARA to determine where a failure may be occurring in your storm drain system. Quick action can mitigate the flooding before any structures are inundated. Facility management should be prepared to prevent flooding with barriers such as sandbags, but also prepared to shut off critical utility systems if flooding is imminent to prevent additional damage and hazards.

Storms can also bring extremely cold weather with snow and ice. UVARA can help assess where snow can be stored, which paths should be cleared of snow or ice, and winterization of irrigation and water equipment that are vulnerable to damage by freezing.

Wherever your facility is located a storm preparedness plan is necessary, and your staff should be ready to respond to any emergency that should arise from the storm. The following are some additional references:

http://facilitymanagement.com/winter-facility-preparation/

https://www.ehs.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/facility_manager_severe_weather_checklist.pdf