If you work with hazardous materials and hazardous waste, last fall’s devastating floods should be a reminder of the importance of preparing for potential flooding.
Getting back to business after a disaster depends on preparedness planning done now. Floods can happen anywhere. Businesses nationwide should write down their emergency preparedness plan before a disaster hits.
Here are some simple steps that may help you avoid environmental problems that floods can create.
- Make sure drums and other containers of hazardous wastes or used oil are closed, sturdy, and leakproof.
- Label all hazardous waste containers with the words “Hazardous Waste,” a description of contents, and the date you first added the waste.
- Secure containers to protect from damage.
- Place containers in an appropriate storage location and remove from lower areas such as basements.
- If possible, contract for the proper disposal of wastes before flooding begins.
- Ship hazardous waste off-site to a permitted transporter or facility.
- Keep copies of shipping manifests and receipts when disposing of any hazardous waste.
Remember that 25 percent of businesses that close their doors during a flood never reopen. Don’t let a flood take away all your hard work—be prepared!
INFO: Contact the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency at 508-820-2000.