How to Prepare

When you’re in the path of a hurricane, tornado or dangerous storm, your personal safety is obviously the most important thing, but you also want to protect your car wash. Your DRB Tunnel Solutions equipment could get damaged even with the best preparation, but these tips will help you minimize the risk.

General Best Practices

  • When unplugging a cable or connector, label the cable and port before it’s unplugged so you know where to plug it back in.
  • Take a picture of the connections before unplugging them. This is helpful when hooking them back up.

Computers and POS terminals

  • Power down the terminals through the operating system.
  • If the terminal is plugged into a surge protector or battery backup, power those devices off, and then unplug the power cable from the wall.
  • If the terminal plugs directly into the wall, unplug the power cable from the wall. When you hook the computer back up, consider plugging it into a surge protector.
  • Unplug the network cable to the computer or terminal.
  • Remove Ethernet connect from the cable modem to the network switch

Blue Keypads

  • Unplug black telephone cable from the wall jack.


  • Power down the XPTs.
  • Turn power off at the breaker that controls the XPTs and gates.
  • Cover XPTs with tarps for protection.
  • Remove the gate arms to prevent damage.

TunnelWatch® Relay and Tunnel Control Stations

  • Power off each relay box.
  • Turn the power off at the breakers for the relay boxes.

TunnelWatch Backups

  • If you have a TW computer and don’t have a current backup, refresh your TunnelWatch backup prior to shutting down the computer.

Miscellaneous Peripherals (Scanners, printers, etc.)

  • If they have a power cord, unplug the power cord from the wall outlet or surge protector.
  • If you expect your site will be flooded, get all computer equipment above the expected flood level.
  • Label all equipment and take pictures before moving it.

Please contact the Knowledge Center if there is any way we can help you through severe weather.