ERP: How to prepare your Business or Home for a Flood or Fire
What is an ERP and why every home and business should have one!
In a best-case scenario, we never have to worry about emergency situations such as water damage, fire damage, or other disastrous situations. But, they come when we least expect it and usually when we are the least prepared for it! Many businesses and homes have a plan to get out of the building if a disaster arises but don’t have a clear plan on what to do next. The reality is that the quicker water or fire damage is controlled and cleaned up, the less it costs you or your insurance and the less time you are out of your home or business!
When you are talking about dealing with water damage, mold should always be on your mind. Not taking care of the water damage quickly can lead to a massively expensive mold issue. If not tended to quickly it can double or triple the repair costs and time from the original water damage issue. Having a company on call who can respond within 1 to 2 hours can have a huge impact on keeping mold growth to a minimum or eliminate possible mold growth in the first place.
ERP stands for Emergency Ready Profile. It is designed for building with 100,000 square feet or less. It is designed to be a quick and easy snapshot of the building or home to provide important information in the case of an emergency situation. In the case of a business 40% of the business who face a disaster end up closing (Forbes.com). Of the 60% who do not close, 75% of them had an emergency plan of action.
The ERP contains
- An Emergency Action Checklist
- Building shut off points for water and electricity with pictures.
- Emergency contacts
- Insurance information for the Building and contents
- Utility Service contact information with account numbers
- Property Overview
- Primary Contacts
A copy of the ERP can be printed out in a paper form or kept in an electronic form with the FREE Ready Plan App by SERVPRO that can be on an Android or IOS Device. The App can be downloaded to every employee or family member’s mobile device and your ERP can be shared across devices so everyone has the same plan of action!
(IOS Platform APP - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ready-plan/id489247430)
(Android Platform APP - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.SERVPRO.app)
You can complete the ERP yourself, or you can request to have a local SERVPRO professional come out and create your custom ERP completely free of charge.
According to OSHA, “The most effective way to handle a crisis situation is to prepare in advance by creating an Emergency Action Plan.”