Property Disasters: Prevention or Recovery?
- Disaster prevention can refer to planning directly for certain disasters, as well as training, and in the purchase and installation of building features or equipment that can help to stop incoming flooding, fires, and more.
- Disaster recovery can refer to many different actions that you will take after a catastrophe, whether natural or manmade. Who to contact, what you will need to purchase, and insurance filings are all part of the recovery process.
If you are interested in protecting your property, then both are worth your time and your financial investment. The real question becomes one of which should carry the most priority, and why.
It would be difficult to identify exactly which is the most valuable to maximize your protection from financial and health risks, but since you do need to prioritize, typically prevention is preferred for the following reasons:
- Prevention can save lives. Depending on the nature of the emergency and the threats that are faced, proper disaster prevention can actually prevent the loss of human life, such as in a situation where you will need emergency medication, supplies like food and water, and more. Basic internal communications for preparedness go a long way toward protecting life as well as property.
- Much of prevention also involves effective recovery, since there are good reasons for constant communication with emergency services. That continuous communication can make the difference between a drawn out and very costly recovery period and a fast return to being open for business. For the best chances of full recovery, you should have repair and damage mitigation services already on record so that you can contact them as soon as possible. Plans involving disconnecting or protecting equipment and appliances also drastically reduce your recovery costs.
- Proper prevention can happen on an extended timescale. From training, to installation of safety features, such as water drainage and fire alarms, to reinforcing windows and more, you can carry out prevention throughout the year, and scale your costs accordingly. Prevention is an investment you can plan, so it’s easier to budget for, and often, years of preparation all come into action when a disaster happens.
While prevention is always going to be vital, in many ways, proper response can be just as important. You always need to keep in mind your financial consideration and the potential impact on your business and building. Depending on the speed and thoroughness of your recovery period, you could be looking at tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars in difference, particularly when you’re dealing with a commercial property. A commercial property, depending on customers, sales and profit can’t afford to delay the precise and efficient involvement of a skilled disaster recovery contractor.
Simply having a trusted “go-to” company ready to spring into action, is vital in your recovery. The less time you need to spend contacting and vetting contractors after a disaster has taken place, the sooner you will be able to prevent some of the more extensive, cascading damage that can occur after a disaster, such as mold growth, further damage to a building’s foundation, and more. Even better: Rocky Mountain Restoration has a valuable PREP (Priority Response Emergency Plan) ready for you – FREE! Call us today.