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Storm Warning

The Met Office has warned of "potential danger to life" as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia head for the British Isles with 80mph (130km/h) winds

Written by Paul Brown on 16th October 2017

Storm Warning

 

Before the Storm

Review your emergency plan and include actions in the event of a storm? Consider the impact to employees and their families.

Your emergency plan should include:

  • pre-emergency plans
  • emergency response plans
  • contingency and recovery plans, including establishing formal contact with recovery organisations.

 

Are your buildings in good condition?

Ensure all construction and buildings are maintained and in good condition.

This includes and is particularly important for:

  • the roof covering
  • any flashing
  • canopies
  • where building and roof heights change, as vortices can develop
  • window and door frames including latching mechanisms
  • any cracked or damaged glazing.

 

Are all loose objects on your property secured appropriately?

  • Secure or house inside all loose objects such as ladders, yard stock or anything else that could be blown into windows and other glazing and break them.
  • Review all waste management in any exposed yard areas such as bins, skips and compactors.
  • Close and secure all doors and windows, particularly those on the windward side of the property, and especially large doors such as those on garages or workshops.
  • Consider shutters, or boarding for securing windows and doors.
  • Consider site security implications during/following a storm.
  • Park all vehicles in a garage, if available. Otherwise keep them clear of buildings, trees, walls and fences.
  • Establish appropriate plans with your suppliers, customers and logistics partners in event of a storm.

 

Are all trees and plants appropriately pruned and healthy?

  • Be particularly concerned for all trees that are closer to the building or external services, such as power supplies, than their height. If they collapse they could fall onto the building, power or data cables and pipe racks.
  • Dead trees should be removed.

 

During the Storm

  • Stay indoors as much as possible.
  • If you do go out, try not to walk or shelter close to buildings and trees.
  • Keep away from the sheltered side of boundary walls and fences - if these structures fail, they will collapse on this side.
  • Don’t go outside to repair damage while the storm is in progress.
  • If possible, enter and leave your property through doors in the sheltered side, closing them behind you.
  • Open internal doors only as needed and close them behind you.

 

After the Storm

  • Be careful not to touch any electrical or telephone cables that have been blown down or are still hanging.
  • Don’t walk too close to walls, buildings and trees as they could have been weakened.
  • Get in touch with Franklands.

 

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