Monitoring Property – The Difference Between Minor Damage and Major Disaster

Somewhere in your church, water is trickling from a broken pipe fitting on your ice maker. No one’s there, so it could be hours, and thousands of gallons of water, before anyone discovers the damage. But you just got an alert on your phone. The smart sensors you recently installed detected water almost immediately. Your facilities team quickly turns off the water, leaving cleanup to a mop and bucket instead of a demolition crew.

There's nothing worse than walking into your property to see an issue that's taken place days before and the damage is already done. From floods to frozen pipes, smashed windows to stolen equipment, all these disruptive events can be minimized with the right monitoring tools. This simple and inexpensive technology can protect your property, making you an even stronger beacon of hope within your community.

Undetected, Small Problems Lead to Major Damage

Many ministry buildings are used infrequently throughout the week, which can result in undetected problems becoming major issues. Small plumbing leaks can lead to extensive structural damage.  Smoldering fires can become raging infernos. An unlocked door can result in thousands of dollars of stolen equipment. This unexpected damage can turn plans into panic, causing disruption and forcing services to cancel. “Notion smart sensors can alert you the second there’s an issue, helping prevent the costly and disruptive hardship that ministries can experience for months or even years,” said Matt Parmerlee, manager of risk control services with Brotherhood Mutual.  

Make a Disaster Plan

As you and your leadership team seek to prevent disruption, consider developing a disaster plan. This type of plan organizes the strategy and response for various types of crises, such as fire, severe weather, and others. Developing a disaster plan requires you to focus on specific areas of your property, thinking through how to prevent disaster and helping you plan your response. Read about how to develop a disaster plan in our online Safety Library.

Monitor Your Property

Using technology to protect your property is a simple way to help you minimize disaster. While you may be using security cameras to deter crime and protect your people, there are other tools that can help you effectively and inexpensively monitor your property. Brotherhood Mutual offers Notion Smart Sensor technology that helps ministries prevent serious loss that can bring your activities to a halt.

Notion Sensors are WiFi devices that are placed around your property. They can be programmed to monitor for temperature, water, audible alarms, and motion. The sensors send an alert through a free smartphone app the minute they detect an issue. Using connected monitoring through Notion, you can help prevent disastrous events from taking a toll on your property and putting a halt on ministry activities.

“Every year, we have hundreds of ministries that are forced to repair or rebuild after a water or fire claim,” said Matt Parmerlee. Brotherhood Mutual partnered with Notion to provide a simple, effective way to help ministries keep an eye on their properties 24/7. The smart sensors can be placed on the floor near sources of water, in supply closets to detect temperature changes that lead to frozen pipes, next to smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms to detect sound, or on doors and windows to detect movement. “As more ministries use this powerful technology, it will help us improve how we help them avoid disruption caused by common issues,” explained Parmerlee.

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Posted November 2020