Sensitivity of Building Contents to Wind and Water

Often, building contents can be especially prone to wind and water damage in the event of a storm. Depending on the nature of the industry, building, contents and location, the monetary value of volatile contents or the business interruption likely as a result of contents being damaged can prove to be significant.

Negative Positive
 
Presence of clean rooms, large computer rooms or telephone equipment rooms. Occupancies that can tolerate the intrusion of water. This would include food preparation areas that are designed for cleanup using wash-down hoses.
Reliance upon equipment with long replacement times. Buildings housing tanks or vessels, or other robust plant and equipment.
Occupancies with significant government control or jurisdiction. Buildings with adequate construction design to prevent wind and water ingress.
Storage of finished perishable goods or hazardous materials.  
Lightweight materials used in building construction.  

  • Store all stock at least 10 cm (4 in) off the floor.
  • Provide racks or stands to elevate sensitive electronic equipment above the floor.
  • Do not use basement or sub-grade areas to house critical equipment.
  • Provide tarpaulins and plastic sheeting to allow machinery and equipment to be covered should water intrusion develop.