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TAEMA issues a statment for business owners and managers

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Posted at 6:52 PM, May 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-25 19:52:37-04

Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency, TAEMA, has released this statement for business owners and managers near Levees A and B:

For business owners and managers near Levees A and B, it is important to alert your employees to the potential for your business to be closed for an extended period of time in the event a levee is compromised. Employees should be prepared to be away from their job site for several weeks should this occur.

Now is the time to begin precautions to minimize damage to your business and property. According to FEMA, almost 40 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors following a disaster because just a few inches of water can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage.

Here are some simple steps business owners can take to reduce the impact of flooding:

  • Take pictures/video recordings of your business now to have a reference of your business before the flood
  • Back-up any digital files related to your business on a portable external hard drive
  • Move all electronic equipment out of your business if possible
  • Elevate any fuel source in your business, also fuel and propane tanks must be properly anchored, since they can become buoyant even in shallow water.
  • Have copies of your business’s insurance policies on-hand and be able to access electronic versions

It is highly recommended that business owners and managers near Levees A and B pay attention to local officials and news coverage, listen to weather radios, be observant of local weather apps, and seek higher ground if necessary, as a levee comprise would inundate the areas quickly.

All maps for the flooding event can be found at: www.cityoftulsa.org/rivermaps [gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com]

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