CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Would you know what to do if a severe summer storm damaged your retail facility? Time is critical following a natural disaster. With summer storm season just beginning, Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) offers retailers a checklist to help limit downtime following a severe storm.
“No retailer wants to experience extended downtime following a summer storm,” said John Engel, Director of Marketing, Cintas. “By having a plan in place and reacting swiftly, retailers can limit building damage and lost revenue.”
Cintas offers the following checklist to help businesses limit downtime following a severe storm:
- Consider safety hazards. Be aware of safety hazards, such as loose debris or shock hazards. Educate employees on how to shut off electricity in affected areas and be aware that even if the electricity is down, it is oftentimes restored without notice.
- Locate your emergency preparedness plan. Preparedness plans contain contact information for emergency repair providers as well as instructions and checklists for a variety of emergency situations. To minimize panic and confusion, and ensure employees know how to seek help during a crisis, review emergency action procedures during regular team meetings.
- Examine exterior glass and doors. Glass exteriors such as windows and doors often take the brunt of severe weather and are two of the most important items to assess after a storm. Inspect handles, locks and weather strips to ensure they are in proper working order. Even small issues such as scratches, built-up moisture and hairline fractures can escalate into much larger problems and potentially hazardous conditions for customers and employees.
- Check the water lines. Plumbing backflow, pipe blockages and clogs often occur in flood-damaged facilities. To avoid unnecessary sewage and drain line backups, contact a professional to extract and jet the pipes.
- Disinfect contaminated surfaces. Remove all flood-contaminated materials and properly disinfect all surfaces. Take care when handling contaminated materials to avoid spreading contaminants to other surfaces.
- Deep clean floors. Regardless of floor type, if your floors have been affected by flood waters, they will need to be deep cleaned. Deep cleaning methods that use cleaning chemicals, dwell time and high-pressure steam to sanitize floors and help to minimize bacteria and mold growth.
With just a single point of contact, Cintas Managed Solutions helps businesses reduce the downtime associated with an emergency. With the highest first trip resolution rate in the industry, the Cintas Emergency Repair Group completes 73 percent of repairs on the first trip, reducing cost, eliminating unnecessary trip charges and allowing retailers to get back to business quickly.
For more information about Cintas Managed Solutions for retail facilities, visit www.cintas.com/managedsolutions.
About Cintas Corporation
Cintas Corporation helps more than 900,000 businesses of all types and sizes get READY™ to open their doors with confidence every day by providing a wide range of products and services that enhance our customers’ image and help keep their facilities and employees clean, safe and looking their best. With products and services including uniforms, mats, mops, restroom supplies, first aid and safety products, fire extinguishers and testing, and safety and compliance training, Cintas helps customers get Ready for the Workday®. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS and is a component of both the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index and Nasdaq-100 Index.