In 1992, Hurricane Andrew struck South Florida with winds exceeding 140 miles per hour and wind gusts of more than 175 miles per hour. This storm left as many as 90% of the businesses located in South Dade significantly damaged or destroyed.
In the wake of a major storm, it’s only natural to focus your attention on your family and property. But once the storm passes and you begin to put the pieces back together, do you know how to get your office back in working order?
First and foremost, only enter a structurally damaged building after getting approval from a building inspector. Once inside, be aware the premises could be contaminated with mold or sewage. In fact, if the building suffered water damage and has been closed up for several days, presume it has been contaminated with mold, which is a health hazard for all employees.
Once cleanup begins …
- Wear goggles, heavy work gloves, and rubber boots.
- Remove and discard items that cannot be washed and disinfected, such as upholstered furniture, books, wall coverings, and most office supplies.
- Thoroughly clean all hard surfaces with hot water and laundry or dish detergent and disinfect with a solution of 1 cup of bleach to five gallons of water.
- Steam clean all carpeting.
- After completing the cleanup, wash your hands with soap and water. Use water that has been boiled for one minute.
- Wash all clothes worn during the cleanup in hot water and detergent.
Hurricane season recently began, but according to meteorologists, it’s expected to be the most active since 2012. The persistent rains of Tropical Storm Colin mere weeks after the official start of the season is proving just that. Make sure your office has a thorough hurricane preparedness plan.