Strategies to Prepare Your Business for Storm Season 2021
Many of us are now preparing our homes and businesses for what could potentially be some of the worst storms we've seen in years. There are plenty of things you can do now or before the storm season starts to prepare your business for any potential disasters.
Create an emergency plan.
This emergency plan should be created with your employees in mind and should include what the building’s evacuation procedures are, how customers will be notified if a storm is approaching, where you can go to stay safe during storms or disasters, and much more. Be sure that everyone on staff knows about this storm damage restoration plan so they can reference it when disaster strikes.
Create a list of emergency numbers to keep on hand at your business, in case you need to call someone for help once the storm hits. The employees who will be working during storms or disasters should also have this information readily available so they can contact loved ones and check in with them if communication is limited after a disaster.
Set up an emergency response team.
It's important to know who you should call first in the case of a disaster or an emergency at your business. You'll want to have several key people on this team, such as local authorities (police and fire departments), rescue workers, storm damage cleanup services, insurance providers, etc. The aftermath of a storm can be chaotic so it’s important to have a proper plan and contact information for storm damage restoration.
Take inventory of what's inside your facility.
It's important to know what kind of equipment, facilities, or supplies you have inside your building. You'll want to take inventory of every piece of technology and valuable item so that if something is damaged by a storm, it can be replaced quickly without much hassle. More importantly, it will be sorted easily with storm damage cleanup services.
Stock up on emergency supplies and prepare your facility.
Include things like food, water (for both employees and any pets that are in your care), first aid kits, flashlights, batteries for radios, or other pieces of technology you may use during a storm season. Clean up the exterior of your building to limit potential damage from storms and falling objects.
Stay informed of forecasts from your local weather station.
This is one of the most important things you can do to stay safe during a storm season or a disaster. Make sure that all employees are aware of what's going on in their area and have watches, warnings, etc., readily available if necessary so they know when it might be time for an evacuation order or other emergencies.
As we've seen in the past couple of years, storms and disasters can hit at any time. The best thing you can do to prepare your business for storm season is come up with an emergency plan of time and have it readily available and accessible for employees, so they know what needs to be done if disaster strikes.