Know the difference between a flash flood watch and warning.

Move vehicles away from flood zone or to upper levels of parking garages.

Run elevators to an upper floor and cycle doors shut.

If there is advance notice of potential flooding, relocate valuable or sensitive material offsite or to a higher elevation.

Plan ahead by consulting with a disaster recovery company regarding business continuance and recovery of property.


Once evacuated, stay away from affected area until flood waters recede and authorities deem it safe to return.

Report contamination and hazardous spills to authorities

Remove all items that have been wet for more than 24 hours to prevent mold growth.

Engage a full-service disaster recovery firm to assess the damage, develop a scope of work, liaise with insurers and carry out necessary services. www.cottoncompanies.com