How to improve flood resilience for businesses
A guide to help business owners and business property owners prepare their premises for flooding events.
Even if you are not eligible for the Flood Resilient Suburbs Program – Business Resilience Program, it’s strongly recommended that you consider building flood resilience for your business. This can reduce the cost and stress of flood recovery and may even lower your insurance premiums. To start, consider the steps outlined on this webpage:
- What is flood resilience – To start your journey, it’s important to understand the principles and definitions of flood resilience.
- Understanding your flood risk – In order to prepare a business property for flooding, you first need to know what type of effect flooding will have on the property.
- Prepare for severe weather – There are simple tasks to do now that can save you time, stress and money in the future.
- Different flood resilience strategies available – Preparing your property to reduce the impact of flooding will allow you to get through a flood event with less damage and expense.
What is flood resilience?
Investing in resilience measures and retrofitting existing building features can significantly reduce the effort, cost and time to recover from future flood events.
Flood-resilient design incorporates the use of building and design techniques and materials choices that are resistant to inundations of water. By making informed design and construction decisions before a flood event, business owners can reduce the damage to their business caused by flooding and ensure the clean-up and recovery process requires as little cost, stress and time as possible. Business flood resilience is also ensuring that your business is prepared for a flood event – knowing your flood risk, what to do in a flood, and what actions and support are needed following a flood. Ultimately, flood resilience will help your business bounce back to normal operations as quickly as possible after a flood.
Understand your flood risk
To understand the risk of flooding on the land and building of your business, follow the two steps below.
The FloodWise Property Report will show you what type of flooding may affect your property and what water levels you need to prepare for. Remember, the FloodWise Property Report will provide you with an estimated flood level based on previous floods and modelling data, however, every flood is unique and water levels may rise higher than previous floods. Use this data to implement flood-resilient strategies with a suitably qualified builder.
Once you’ve received the height of your business property’s habitable floor above ground level, compare this to the flood levels in your FloodWise Property Report to understand what height you need to consider when implementing flood-resilient building and design strategies.
Prepare your business for severe weather
Brisbane City Council have a range of resources available that are essential to helping your business prepare for flooding and severe weather. Taking the time now to work through the four below steps, can save you time, stress and money in the future.
Flood resilience strategies for businesses
Now that you know how high your business’ building may be inundated with flood waters and you’ve prepared your business for severe weather, you can then choose which design strategies to implement, to suit your budget, business requirements and flood risk.
Choosing flood resilient strategies
There are many practical flood resilience techniques that range in price and are suitable for many dwelling and building types. It is recommended that business owners and business property owners work with builders and appropriately skilled tradesmen to use flood-resilient techniques that can help prepare the building and reduce stress, expense and time taken to recover from a flood event.
Flood resilience tips for businesses
More flood resilience strategies
View the interactive window below to see how a variety of flood-resilient design strategies are used in a Brisbane house where many of these strategies are relevant for businesses:
Click the links below for more flood resilience design strategies that can also be applied to many businesses:
More information for businesses
Before starting works to help your business become flood resilient, seek professional advice about the most suitable approach to improving your flood resilience, as each circumstance will be different.
Find a builder, plumber and building certifier
Queensland Building and Construction Commission: www.qbcc.qld.gov.au
For all water and sewer-related enquiries, contact Urban Utilities on 07 3432 2200 or email email@example.com.
Find an engineer
Board of Professional Engineers Queensland: www.bpeq.qld.gov.au
For more information on flood resilience for business owners, refer to the frequently asked questions below. Otherwise, you can contact Brisbane Sustainability Agency at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is not guaranteed and it is recommended to contact your insurance broker directly to discuss the benefits of flood-resilient strategies to your insurance premiums.
It is important to understand the risks that may exist in your business and surroundings after a flood so that you can stay safe while these strategies are being put into place. To do this, read the Flood Safety Fact Sheet.