People in Florida are no strangers to stormy weather. Thunderstorms can be a daily occurrence and heavy rain and lightning do not really pose much of an inconvenience to Floridians. However, hurricane season often brings with it a touch of concern even for the most seasoned of storm veterans from early June to late November. During this period of potentially devastating storms, it is imperative to provide adequate protection and planning to preserve your business. Here are some tips to ensure that your business is protected during a hurricane.
Have an Official Emergency Plan
In order to effectively deal with any emergency, it is imperative that businesses have an official emergency plan that can be implemented quickly. In order to be implemented quickly, employees must be aware of it. Employee training is essential to a smooth execution of the emergency plan. If employees are unaware of a codified plan, the situation could become chaotic should an emergency arise. Effective communication prior to the hurricane can help prevent casualties as well as property damage.
Possible elements of an emergency plan could include:
- An established evacuation route
- An established “safety room” in the interior of ground floor
- A protocol to dismiss employees given enough advanced warning
- Obvious placement of first aid kits throughout the building
- An emergency supply of food and clean water
Take Preventative Measures
In addition to an established emergency plan, other preventative measures may be taken to mitigate potentially costly damage to people and property. Preventative measures might include anything from protecting equipment to reducing flying debris.
The idea behind preventative measures is to minimize damage and reduce the time period between the disaster and the day when the business can resume normal operations. Reducing damage to electronics, protecting sensitive data, avoiding damage to the building, and protecting employees are all measures that strengthen the ability of a business to recover quickly from any natural disaster.
Other potential examples of preventative measures could be:
- Trimming weaker tree branches that might break
- Covering patches of rocks in gardens
- Boarding windows
- Turning off gas lines
- Unplugging sensitive electronic equipment
- Maintaining an up-to-date insurance policy
A Little Goes a Long Way
Natural disasters have been known to cripple underprepared companies due to property damage and an inability to conduct business. If these measures are followed both before and during a hurricane, the likelihood that the business will be able to resume normal operations immediately after is much higher.