risk management: tip of the week

Pre-Wildfire Planning

Each year, wildfires cause billions of dollars in insured property losses and threaten lives and livelihoods. It is critical for self-storage property owners to adopt a mindset of pre-wildfire mitigation. In other words, take steps now to reduce potential property damage and other insurance claims in the event of a wildfire. The Department of Homeland Security's website www.Ready.gov, recommends the following steps to prepare for wildfires.

Stay Informed

  • Sign up for your community's warning system.
  • Monitor alerts from the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio.
  • Know your community's evacuation plan.

Make a Plan

  • Identify multiple evacuation routes and drive them to familiarize yourself with roads and landmarks.
  • Create a written plan for evacuating employees and customers on the premises.
  • Once the plan is established, provide training for facility staff on a recurring basis.
  • Gather emergency supplies including N95 respirator masks.
  • Store important documents in a secure, fireproof place and create digital backup copies.

Next week, we'll review tips for creating a defensible space around your facility.

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Make it a safe day!

Mike Schofield
President & CEO