A Storm Preparedness Plan is needed in each and every construction project to secure items and maintain a safe environment. The Storm Preparedness Plan should be carefully developed several months ahead of the storm season. Builders and contractors lose millions of dollars annually due to the lack of a Storm Preparedness Plan, which is easy to prepare and can be executed within a couple of hours with minimal investment.
Storm Preparedness Checklist
This part of the storm preparedness plan must be executed well before the beginning of the storm season.
Clean job site every day.
Take photos -- record project status before the storms hit.
Instruct your crew leaders not to start any new jobs and complete jobs in progress.
Perform a complete full maintenance of mechanical and electrical equipment.
Check and maintain proper supply of sandbags and other water detention items that must be needed during an emergency.
Secure trailers and staging areas at least one month ahead of the storm season.
Store inside buildings small items that can be carried away by storm winds or rapid flowing waters.
Include in your plan your subcontractors' materials, personnel and property.
Make sure electronics devices have required battery power supply.
Check and perform a tune-up for your emergency power generator system.
Check batteries of all emergency lights and emergency exit signals.
Check and replenish your office with flashlights, emergency kits, and other safety related material.
Stock with sufficient drinking water to supply at least five days without potable drinking water from local municipality.
Prepare a complete office material supply for several days.
Store important documents on a high safe place or in a place where neither water nor wind can damage them.
Instruct your key personnel on what to do if an oil spill is noticed.
Gather and distribute all phone number of key personnel including state and local emergency agencies.
Assign key personnel to execute specific functions once the storm is scheduled to hit the area.
Prepare a system to inform employees of when to return to work.
Review your builder insurance coverage against storm events
Review under your contract how many days are available can be asked for contract extension due to weather interruptions.
Post the procedure in a conspicuous location.
Storm Preparedness Action
This part of the Storm Preparedness Plan must be executed once the storm is imminent and the warning of severe weather has been issued.
Assigned personnel should inspect and clean construction site of debris and possibly hazardous objects.
Dismount all scaffolding and secure properly.
Protect all underground piping and underground drains to prevent any accumulation of sand inside.
Postpone any scheduled delivery at least two days after storm arrival or one day after storm occurrence
Disconnect all power lines and remove temporary connections susceptible to damage.
Cover all hazardous materials and any materials with contamination potential.
Cover and secure all window and glass openings with storm shutters.
Booms should be laid down if time permits or the load line hooked to the structure at some low point.
Cover or remove dumpster from the job site.
If possible close any open excavation that might be filled up with flowing water.
Dismantle all temporary wood and fences that could be lifted by high winds.
Confirm all storm water inlets and catch basins are free of any material that can lead to obstruction.
Secure in a proper area all heavy equipment including cranes, elevators, sky-lifts, and other high-altitude equipment.
Prepare a first shift crew, relief crews, standby crews and cleaning crews.