When it comes to hurricane season, preparation is key! This is especially important if you are responsible for a company.
Hurricane Safety is as important for homeowners as it is for business owners. You have employees to consider as well as your building and business materials. While preparing your business for a hurricane may seem daunting, we have put together an easy to follow 6 step guide. We hope the following checklist will help you get prepared for this hurricane season!
1. Know Your Risk. Check your hurricane evacuation level and FEMA flood maps to determine if your business location is vulnerable to storm surge or freshwater flooding. Have your building(s) inspected by a licensed professional to find out if your workplace is vulnerable to hurricane force winds and what is recommended to retrofit.
2. Take the Necessary Precautions. If a storm threatens, secure your building. Cover windows. Cover and move furniture/equipment to a secured area.
3. Always Protect Your Data with Backup Files. If dependent on data processing, consider an alternate site. Make provisions for alternate communications and power.
4. Make Plans To Work With Limited Cash, No Water, Sewer or Power for Two Weeks. Store emergency supplies at the office.
5. Protect Your Employees. Employee Safety comes first! Prepare, distribute and discuss your business hurricane plan for recovery. Consider providing shelter to employees and their families and helping employees with supplies after the storm. Establish a rendezvous point and time for employees in case damage is severe and communications are disrupted. Establish a call-down procedure for warning and post-storm communication. Provide photo ID’s and a letter of authorization to enter the building.
6. Contact Your Customers & Suppliers and share your communications and recovery plan in advance. Prepare a list of vendors to provide disaster recovery services.
If you have any questions on how to protect your company from hurricane damage, contact the emergency water mitigation specialists at 1-800-DRY-ME-OUT.