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Flood damage – the dangers posed by La Niña

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Climate Risk and Resilience

By Ben Small | January 25, 2022

During a La Niña event, heavy rainfall and flooding is likely to ensue across Australia. Here, our Risk Advisory team helps you prepare your business before, during and after flood hazards.

What is a La Niña weather event and how can it impact your business? As an island, Australia is particularly susceptible to the flooding storms La Nina can bring and you should ensure you have the right preparation to avoid your business literally being washed away.

In this informative series, Senior Risk Engineer Ben Small explains what a La Niña event is, looks at the hazard for Australian businesses and identifies practical steps you can take to minimise the impact. He also discusses what to do during a flood or stormwater event, and how you can safely re-enter premises and restart operations.

If your business is located in locations that are within or near potential sources of floodwaters, you need to create a specific emergency response plan for flood. Water is not the only threat; fire hazards abound due to leaking gas lines, and damage to electrical systems and appliances. Here, we also offer a valuable checklist that will help guide your approach to mitigating risks.

WTW can help you develop an emergency response plan and ensure correct protocols are in place to activate it, as business operations may be temporarily halted, and access restricted to reduce the overall damage and potential business interruption.

How to prepare for flood during La Niña

Ben Small, Senior Risk Engineer at WTW discusses La Niña, the hazard for Australian businesses and practical steps to minimise the impact

How to prepare for flood during La Niña (part 2)

Ben Small, Senior Risk Engineer at WTW outlines how your business can prepare for flood and the importance of a emergency response plan

How to prepare for flood during La Niña (part 3)

Ben Small, Senior Risk Engineer at WTW, explains how to safely re-enter premises and restart operations after a flood.

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