Property managers should plan ahead for adverse weather. Storm preparedness involves taking steps to ready the exterior and interior of a commercial property, as well as gathering important information. Here is a list of storm preparation tips that have been divided into three categories to help you make sure your property is ready to withstand any storm.

Exterior preparation: There are several steps property managers can take to ensure that the exterior of a commercial property is ready for a storm.

• Check the condition of exterior doors
• Clear roof drains, downspouts, and gutters
• Make sure no loose objects are left unsecured outside, such as antennas on the roof or trash cans on the ground
• Install storm shutters or board up windows for severe storms with high winds
• Use strong tape to make an “X” shape on the inside of plate glass to prevent shattering

Interior preparation: Interior preparation can limit the extent of storm damage. Property management can handle preparations in common areas, but tenants should take storm preparedness measures for their businesses.

• Keep a supply of sandbag and polyethylene sheeting on hand
• Move contents away from windows or skylights
• Clear surfaces and contain small objects
• Identify a safe place to elevate computers
• Turn off the flow of electricity to unnecessary appliances
• Cover file cabinets and office machines with tarps or plastic sheeting

Informational preparation: Ensuring that every occupant is well-informed is one of the most important parts of storm preparation.

• Develop and review a storm preparation plan on a regular basis
• Maintain current lists of contact information for tenants
• Back up all property management data in a safe location

Property managers should follow these storm preparedness tips and make sure they also have contact information for insurers and a restoration company. All of these methods of preparation can make the process of recovering after a storm in Dallas, TX, faster and easier.