With the 2018 hurricane season in full swing, it’s important to make sure your organization is prepared for the worst. Putting in effort now may prevent your business from suffering the effects of a hurricane disruption. Here are some steps for get your company ready for a hurricane.
1. Develop a Survival Plan
Write down a solid plan and review it every year. Your plan should include an employee safety procedure, evacuation procedure, contingency plan, business continuity plan, and chain of command.
2. Protect Your Property
Consider safeguarding your commercial location by taking the following actions:
- Install plywood or shutters to protect doors and windows
- Get your roof evaluated
- Sandbag areas that may experience flooding
- Turn off utilities before the hurricane makes landfall
This will reduce the severity of property damage.
3. Safeguard Documents
Make digital backups of legal contracts, insurance documents, accounting statements, and tax returns. If you can’t make electronic copies, seal with in a waterproof container at an off-site location.
4. Keep Essential Items in One Place
Crucial items for a hurricane include:
- Non-perishable food supply
- Supply of water
- Battery-operated radio
- Blankets and pillows
- First aid kit
- Flashlights and batteries
- Signal flares
Gather these items and store them safely for a disaster.
5. Get a Storm Tracking Software
The best storm tracking software from Earth Networks will alert you of any incoming weather events. This will give you enough time to evacuate and prepare for a storm. An outdoor weather station for school, energy companies, outdoor recreation, and other businesses may save your life.
6. Develop a Communications Plan
How will your employees know when to report for work? How will your customers or clients know when you’re closed or open? Answering these questions will help keep your business afloat during a crisis.
7. Check Your Insurance Policy
Make sure you double-check the fine print of your insurance coverage. Understand the details of your flood insurance policy.
Follow this checklist to make sure your company is ready for the worst.
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