Natural Disaster Preparedness with BIG
Updated: Oct 13
Brannon Industrial Group dedicates itself to educating and supporting the Gulf Coast states impacted by tropical storms each year. In the decade and a half of BIG’s existence, we’ve faced many devastating natural disasters, primarily hurricanes and tropical storms. October 13th is annually known as Natural Disaster Preparedness Day. Of course, only so much can be controlled after a natural disaster… but there are a few things to keep on your radar. Because it’s hurricane season, we want to spotlight some of the impressive work that our subsidiary companies have done in natural disasters and share some incremental things to help your business or household weather the storms.
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BIG Hurricane Relief
Last summer, we saw firsthand how natural disasters can affect communities. Our team of drivers and scrap experts migrated to the Florida coast to lend a hand in the cleanup of the areas affected by Hurricane Ian. Our team shifted through scraps and miss-placed messes in an attempt to restore the beloved Gulf Coast community. It’s a harsh reality, but again, it proves a case for preparedness. Being based about 70 miles from Galveston, we’ve seen our fair share of natural disasters and the havoc they reek on homes and businesses. If we had to choose some of the safest precautionary tips, here’s what they’d be…
BIG Natural Disaster Preparedness Tips:
First, always be prepared. You are encouraged to plan now for the next big storm. Know the evacuation routes and stay up to date with the latest forecast.
Also, it is crucial to ensure that you have adequate supplies. Ensure you have enough medicine, food, and water to last until relief arrives if you cannot evacuate. FEMA recommends having at least enough supplies for you and each of your family members for 72 hours during a disaster. However, based on BIG staff experiences, we recommend 96 hours before the peak of the storm for sufficient support.
Power and Water Supplies
Second, prepare for extended power and water loss. You can store water in the bathtub for flushing toilets or cleaning; however, you cannot use this water for drinking unless it has been boiled.
Gallon jugs or cases of drinking water can be stored easily and used to support your family. Buy now to prevent from experiencing depleted shelves as storms approach. Additionally, ensure you have food that can be prepared without electricity. Remember, planning ahead is essential. Lastly, you should obtain ice early to refrigerate any perishable items.
Be sure to follow the recommended safety steps to prevent fire or inhalation of fumes that could lead to injury or death when using a generator. Never use your generator inside your home or near an open window. This allows harmful gasses to accumulate and overwhelm the inhabitants of the residence. Also, ensure that any fuel stored for the operation of the generator is stored in an approved container, away from flames or other ignition sources.
Remember, planning will help you have the necessary supplies to survive until resources can move into your area and assist your community.
BIG Will Be There
Lastly, if you sustain damage to your home or business, our teams will be ready to provide the necessary services to remove the storm debris. We will provide you with invoices that can be submitted to your insurance provider for reimbursement as part of the cleanup.
Our knowledgeable Director of Safety and Emergency Response will happily work with you to plan for the next disaster, ensuring your business is up and running as soon as possible.