Staying safe during hurricane season is important for both big and small businesses. The best way to prepare for any tropical storm or hurricane headed your way is by planning ahead. Ensure the continued protection of your employees and property assets with this guide to hurricane preparedness.
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According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), “Preparedness is everyone’s responsibility.” While certain measures might be made by your governing authorities, it’s ultimately your priority to protect your business. If major flooding occurred in your area, having the right tools and equipment should be done in advance. Get your business prepared for this year’s hurricane season with the following recommendations.
Evaluate Any Potential Risks
To ensure proper planning, It’s important for you to know how your business could be affected by major weather storms. What scenarios would you face if your business activities were paused or disrupted due to a severe storm? Based on questions from FEMA’s Back-to-Business Self Assessment, you may experience:
- Not having access to office or computer equipment
- Loss of utilities such as gas, electricity, internet, or water
- Having to pay your employees on a limited business income
- Obstructed roadways making it impossible for your employees to commute
- Disruption of your regular business processes
- Storm damage to your property or equipment
Make an Emergency Plan
With an accurate view of your business’s risks, you can better prepare for an incoming storm. Consult with local officials and your employees to formulate an emergency plan that is customized for your business. Every business has different dynamics to consider, such as your location, types of services, and equipment handling. That being said, the goal of any emergency plan is to keep your employees safe and ensure business continuity.
Consider implementing the following safety measures:
- Backing up data or storing it on a cloud for easy access
- Storing important documents in airtight containers
- Mapping evacuation routes
- Installing storm shutters or flood-barriers
- Investing in a first-aid emergency kit
- Setting up a communication tool for employees
Pro Tip: Move any equipment to higher ground or away from windows to guard against damage from rising flood water.
Pay Attention to Weather Alerts
In the days before a hurricane strikes, local news forecasts can help to give you a clear picture of the storm’s path and severity. However, circumstances can change in a matter of days, or in many cases, hours before a storm hits. Make sure you have a way to keep a tab on current weather conditions so that you can plan accordingly. Whether you need to send your employees home early or gather extra supplies, staying up to date will keep both you and your team safe.
Preparing Your Business
The power of hurricanes can’t be underestimated. With high winds ranging from 74 mph or higher, the impact of a hurricane on your business could be catastrophic. Make sure you have the proper plans and flood protection equipment in place to get ready for any storms headed your way.
Not sure where to start? Connect with our team to determine how you should be preparing for a major tropical storm or hurricane.