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Business FloodSafe case studies launched

Published 30/05/2013

Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) has produced two video case studies to demonstrate how important it is for businesses to prepare for the threat of flooding.

The videos showcase two businesses - one rural and one in Melbourne's CBD - whose owners share their stories of facing a natural disaster and the lessons learnt.

The videos were launched this week at a Business 3000 breakfast event hosted by the Melbourne Business Network at the RACV Club, debuting to a room of small-to-medium business operators.

SES Central Regional Manager Ray Jasper said floods cost Victorian communities an average of $465 million each year.

"As many of the floods which occur in the Melbourne area come with little or no warning, the community and business in particular must recognise the risk in order to prepare appropriately. Importantly, natural disasters do not discriminate between residents and business," he said.

Even though we may experience extended dry conditions, many parts of Melbourne are at risk of above floor flooding and business operators need to identify if they are at risk.

“Talk to your councils, examine your section 32 documents, contact your water authority or contact your local SES unit to see if there was a history of flood damage in your area. Floods can cause tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage to a business and often cause closure for days if not weeks, I urge business to plan for this risk”,

“Understanding how a flood may affect a business and demonstrating the value of preparedness was the aim of the project, I think that both documentaries go a long way towards sending this important message.”