Last month, we discussed the impact earthquakes can have on a business. Broken water and gas lines can cause flooding and fires following an earthquake; mudslides may also result. In the aftermath of an earthquake, businesses must deal with several aspects of disaster recovery: Documents must be dried out, buildings restored and workers’ safety verified. However, as Ben Franklin would advise, an ounce of earthquake preparedness is worth a pound of post-quake cure. This month, we’re focusing on helping you prevent physical losses from earthquakes. Here are the three steps FEMA recommends businesses take to protect themselves against earthquakes: (more…)
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Injured workers, destroyed facilities, interrupted transportation infrastructure – these are the predictable outcomes businesses face after earthquakes. Insurance policies and emergency preparation plans often account for such earthquake-caused business disasters. However, as experts in document scanning services, we’ve also seen how much turmoil flood damaged books and documents can cause following an earthquake.
As document restoration specialists, we can tell you that preparation makes all the difference in the world when it comes to surviving natural disasters. Businesses and organizations that take the time to prepare for and protect themselves against risk are far more likely to survive a natural calamity.
Imagine 25,000 gallons of water flooding through 13 stories of residential and commercial property. Last January, this terrible situation befell Huntington Towers, a mixed-use building in Champaign, Ill. The deluge of water was released when frozen pipes burst on the building’s 13th floor. The pipes were exposed to extremely cold temperatures when an access door blew open during a nasty storm. Fortunately, the building’s tenants were able to return within three days of the emergency, thanks to the efforts of a firm specializing in disaster recovery.
The University of Wisconsin-Superior was a mess last June. After 8 inches of rainfall in a 24-hour period, the city’s storm water system was inundated and therefore unable to prevent water from rushing into basements all over town. The university’s basement was flooded with almost 9 feet of water! Librarians at UWS were horrified to find more than 133,000 flood damaged books. The following is a look at how libraries can avoid this dreadful situation, as well as how damaged books may be restored.