Disaster Planning

Disaster Planning

In the event of a fire, the first 72 hours is critical to an early recovery. The best disaster planning starts with proper preparation.

Preparation consists of people and businesses creating or updating their:

  • disaster recovery or emergency response plan
  • continuity plan (in the case of a business)
  • catastrophe plan (as it appears that major catastrophes seem to be a more common occurrence) and
  • list of important contacts (with a copy kept off site).

In addition to fire, water damage is also a major consideration that needs to be catered for.  Whether the water damage is caused as the blaze is being extinguished or because of a burst pipe or flooding, water (plus the soot residue, in the case of a fire, that can settle on items and begin corroding some metals within hours) must also be taken into consideration.
In terms of basic measures, the following summary may be a good place to start.

Getting prepared

  • Assess the types of disasters or events that could occur
  • Determine how they would impact the home or business
  • Prioritise those events most likely to occur and those which would have the most impact
  • Consider ways to prevent these occurrences
  • Involve others from the family or business who can assist with an emergency response in the event of a disaster and agree on actions and who will do them
  • Create a list of names and phone numbers to contact in the event of an emergency
  • Build and maintain a disaster recovery kit including:
  • Torches
  • Absorbent cloths
  • Sponges
  • Garbage bags
  • Gloves
  • Stationery (labels, scissors, tape, pens, pad)
  • Paper towels
  • Mops & buckets

Once Steamatic is called in, we’ll take immediate steps to prevent further property damage by implementing emergency preservation procedures for items that deteriorate quickly like documents and electronics. We will provide on-site or pack-out and storage services, remove water and debris, and restore your structure to get you up and running again.
Professionally trained Steamatic technicians use state-of-the-art equipment and techniques, to quickly and effectively dehumidify, clean, deodorise and restore electronics, telecommunications, magnetic media, microfilm, vital records, documents, industrial equipment and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, as well as building structures.