The Ronald McDonald House in Columbia, Missouri has had to shut its doors temporarily while water damage in the center’s basement is remediated. The Ronald McDonald House Charities provide support to families who need a home away from home while their children receive treatment at nearby hospitals.
When Water Damage Hurts More than Just the Business
The water damage occurred at the Columbia Ronald McDonald house after flooding due to heavy rains caused the sump pump in the basement to overflow. “The Columbia Daily Tribune” reports the basement served as a common area where visiting families would congregate, have access to computers and do their laundry. Offices and storage areas are also located in the basement of the facility. This particular Ronald McDonald House can house up to 14 families.
Hospital social workers are working with the families who do not have the means to pay for a hotel, but need accommodations. In the meantime, restoration crews and community volunteers are working hard to repair the water damage quickly so the Ronald McDonald House can continue to support families attending to the needs of their hospitalized children.
Keep Business Continuity in Mind
It is imperative that businesses create an emergency preparedness plan that includes steps that detail what to do in the event of water damage. Not only is this important for business continuity, but also for those a business may support.