Damage caused by floodwater can be both devastating and tragic under normal circumstances — in fact, repairing the damage and returning both your property and community back to normal can be a slow and difficult task.
However, during a situation such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, there will be additional challenges to overcome. Access to property may be restricted and finding suitable contractors who are available to respond as needed could be difficult.
When it comes to water, it’s always best to prepare so being proactive in your preparations will help to reduce the severity of any potential flood damage — especially during the current pandemic. During this unprecedented time, you should continue to monitor any severe weather alerts issued, together with all associated flood watches and warnings that might indicate an increased risk of river flooding and overland flooding in your area.
If you have to attend your premises to assist in flood mitigation measures, then your own personal safety is of paramount importance. You must adhere to all provincial and municipal COVID-19 travel restrictions and remember to practice safe social distancing techniques when in close proximity to others who may be assisting too. You should also ensure adequate handwashing and washroom facilities are available and exclude high risk or vulnerable individuals from assisting in any flood mitigation efforts at this time.
Ecclesiastical’s Risk Control specialists advise customers to establish pre- and post-flood protocols, even during the current pandemic, among them: