According to the National Weather Service, nearly $4 billion of property damage occurred in 2010 due to flooding. And up to 40% of small businesses affected by a natural or human-caused disaster never reopen.

To prepare your facility for spring showers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends raising electrical system components, anchoring fuel tanks, installing sewer backflow valves and installing an emergency generator.

Businesses located in flood-prone areas should also make sure they have a preparedness program in place that addresses a flooding disaster.

For assistance in developing a preparedness program, visit www.ready.gov/business, which walks you through the steps of creating, managing, implementing and testing your program, as well as training your employees on what to do.