With the current warning of potentially the worst rain across the state in 20 years, now is the time to hastily dust of your disaster readiness and disaster recovery plans to ensure that everyone stays safe and business continues as well as possible, given the incoming rain.
Flooding Risk Assessment
Probably the most important thing to do is to determine the risk to your business. A good place to start is the
Remove the Planning zones and open up the land management folder and select floodway, land subject to inundation and special buildings. Then click refresh map.
This will produce the following data:
Risk to movement throughout the state.
Flooding will cause issues for businesses needing deliveries, doing deliveries or getting staff out onsite, as well as getting the team into work. Check the Vic Roads map for latest closures.
Tips to prepare for flooding:
- Avoid parking in basement car parks.
- Assess your roof, spouting and downpipes. (This happened to us in January and ended up with massive internal flooding)
- Look at the flood maps, but also assess for localised flooding. Water may build up faster than it can run off and low areas and buildings can be effected.
- Move all sensitive equipment (like servers) up off the ground and above the expected peak level.
- Review (or create) a register of important numbers
- Insurance policy
- Roof repairs
Flooding Resources for Businesses: