Earlier today, the Union Square Partnership sent out an advisory filled with information on how to get emergency assistance from a variety sources, both federal and local.
Our partners at the NYC Department of Small Business Services offer the following advice to our businesses:
- If you have insurance that will cover your damages, contact your agent immediately.
- Survey any damage; enter a severely damaged building ONLY after local authorities have deemed it safe to do so.
- Photograph any damage to your business and save receipts for replacement items or repair work.
- Look for safety hazards such as live wires, leaking gas or flammable liquids, poisonous gases, and damage to foundations or underground piping and notify the appropriate utility companies or emergency responders of any such safety hazards.
- Dry all areas and items quickly and thoroughly to prevent mold growth; food establishments especially should examine all surfaces, including sheet rock, for evidence of mold and take appropriate action immediately.
- Begin salvage as soon as possible to prevent further damage; cover broken windows and torn roof coverings immediately to protect merchandise / business from further damage.
- Separate damaged goods from undamaged goods, but beware of accumulating too much combustible debris inside of a building.
- After ensuring that safety systems are fully implemented, call in key business personnel and notify contractors to start repairs.
View the full advisory here with information about emergency loans, temporary office space, and other resources to get you back on your feet.
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