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Hurricanes Before and After Tips
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Hurricanes Before and After:
Take Action Now to Help Protect Equipment and Prevent Property Damage

The Atlantic hurricane season extends from June 1 through November 30, when the vast majority of tropical storms develop. Historically, no part of the Eastern United States is immune to the high winds, flooding and potential damage. Now is the time to take practical preventive steps to protect equipment and other property.

When the Storm Is Imminent

Personnel before property is the rule when the storm is about to strike. Never yield to the temptation to continue preparatory work if there is a possibility that anyone could be jeopardized by the arrival of the storm. All personnel should move to safety in advance of the storm. Structures and equipment should be secured and closed to the maximum extent possible. Close, brace, cover and reinforce. Movable equipment, cars and trucks should be relocated to the most secure available place. Vehicles can be overturned or uncontrollably propelled during hurricanes, and it is prudent to tie them down if they are exposed. Electrical supply to circuits and equipment that could be flooded should be turned off unless the equipment is both designed and required to operate when immersed.

In the Aftermath

For machinery and equipment, there is usually a significant opportunity to minimize damage at this stage. Proper cleaning and drying will often avoid serious damage and help to restore the premises to operation more quickly and at lower cost.

The Risk Does Not Recede with the Water

If your equipment, machinery or electrical systems have been exposed to flood waters, you risk their loss even when the water level has dropped. Equipment and machinery may have water, silt or other contaminants within them. Your equipment could be damaged or destroyed if you attempt to start or test it without adequate cleaning and preparation for operation. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO OPERATE OR TEST YOUR EQUIPMENT WITHOUT PROPERLY RESTORING IT. Even when your equipment's exterior appears normal, residual moisture and contaminants can lead to permanent damage.

Dry and Clean Before Using

Most actions involve careful draining, drying, cleaning or lubricating of equipment before attempting to start or energize it. Taking these precautions now can help you avoid a major equipment failure and enable you to restore vital operations sooner.

Electrical Equipment

Before Operating Machinery


These recommendations are general guidelines and are not intended to be exhaustive or complete nor are they designed to replace information or instructions from the manufacturer of your equipment.

Tips courtesy of The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company (©1996-2009) Hartford Steam Boiler Logo
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