Contingency Plans = Peace of Mind

Contingency Plans = Peace of Mind
by Mike Delzingaro

If you heard a Category 5 hurricane was headed your way, you’d be more concerned than if the same forecast was calling for a tropical storm. That’s human nature – and a belief in numbers. There has to be more to worry about when winds exceed 160 miles-per-hour than when they are blowing at 40 or even 70 miles-per-hour, right?

Not necessarily. Wind speeds are the way the “power” of hurricanes are categorized, but they don’t correlate to the potential flooding damage of a storm. Flooding and rising water levels are the most dangerous part of any storm, no matter how fast its winds are howling. When storms strike, flooding can be immediate, destructive and even fatal – and floodwaters also carry the risk of infectious disease, chemical hazards and general injuries.  

Your best protection is to have a flooding contingency plan in place so you’re ready for any type of storm. Writing a robust contingency plan isn’t an exhausting exercise. A good plan should be a concise, user-friendly document that serves as an accessible “action playbook.” It covers the actions you need to take as severe weather is approaching, as well as measures to minimize damage and accelerate recovery during and after the storm event.

Your contingency plan should contain:

  • A list of emergency response equipment – including rental pumps, bypass pumping and accessories, generators, light towers, and other support equipment - you need in the event of flooding occurs
  • 24/7 emergency contact information for qualified and responsive experts who can provide you with the answers and equipment you need at a moments notice
  • Information on your site conditions and access points
  • Directions to your locations so emergency responders and your rental equipment providers can get to the trouble spots fast

Once you create your contingency plan, circulate multiples copies to key stakeholders who can easily access and activate the plan during crisis time.

Flooding can happen in a flash, so it is important that an experienced dewatering partner like Xylem is part of your team. We have the rental equipment you need to provide round-the-clock support, with the speed and reliability you need to stabilize your situation and minimize the impact of flooding on your operations, your community and the environment.

The weather is getting wilder by the day. We can debate whether climate change is for real, but there’s no denying that we’re seeing more extreme weather events than ever before – and it’s not stopping anytime soon. While heavy rain, drought and heat waves are a natural part of the Earth’s climate system, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change analyzed global conditions and expressed increased confidence that these weather events and extremes “will become more frequent, more widespread and more intense during the 21st century.”

Are you weather-ready for hurricane season? Don’t wait until it’s too late. Contact your local Xylem pump expert to get your contingency plan in place today.