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Protect Your Investment. Otis recommends that you take appropriate action prior to a hurricane to protect your elevator equipment investment. Preventing hurricane damage also can help you avoid extended elevator shutdowns.
Otis maintenance contracts don’t cover hurricane damage to elevator systems. Examine your insurance coverage. Some insurance policies also may not fully cover all hurricane damage.
WHEN THE HURRICANE WATCH IS IN EFFECT
Storm damage to equipment in an elevator machine room is often caused by water blowing in around ill-fitting windows, louvers and doors. Water also can flood into the hoistway, causing damage to wiring and other operating equipment. Preparations for an approaching hurricane are simple, and they can be effective in protecting your valuable elevator equipment.
WHEN A HURRICANE IS APPROACHING
Otis recommends suspending elevator operation during a hurricane even if your building has an emergency generator. This precaution can avoid trapping elevator passengers in the event of a power failure or elevator shutdown. Stormdamaged roads may delay service mechanics attempting to respond to an elevator emergency.
AFTER THE STORM IS OFFICIALLY OVER
Although your elevator equipment may have no apparent water damage, be cautious. Unseen structural damage can cause an emergency shutdown if you operate the elevator system before a qualified mechanic inspects it.