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.
|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.