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With the peak of the hurricane season underway, it is important for companies to know how to proactively minimize potential loss and maximize loss prevention in the event of a hurricane. Being well prepared is crucial to this goal and to keeping your business as healthy as possible.
Property preparation before the storm
Even before a hurricane forms, companies can start preparing. A good first step to take is to check local flood maps and have a licensed professional inspect your building to ensure that it meets the requirements for wind load in your area. Also consider installing impact film on windows and reinforcing any weaker points in the building. Create a list of companies that can help with recovery efforts in the event of major damage.
Protecting Your Business
A best practice for preparing for any emergencies that may threaten your business is to compile lists of employees, customers and suppliers with contact information so you can keep them informed of any impacts on your business. business. Frequently back up files and set up voicemails to record calls until the company can safely continue. If possible, have systems in place so that the business can continue at a distance, if necessary. Also give employees a chain of command and a list of responsibilities in the event of a disaster.
Employee safety is crucial
Most importantly, you need to have a plan to keep your employees safe if the incident is imminent. storm. If a storm is approaching and it is safe to do so, you should help your employees get to their families safely. Make appropriate emergency preparations, including emergency equipment and clear instructions for employees, should it be necessary for employees to protect themselves on site during the storm.
What to do after a hurricane
As soon as it is safe to do so, you should start assessing any damage to your property and report any damage directly to your insurance company as soon as possible. There are many significant risks to navigating when a building and its surrounding environment have been affected by a hurricane and you should always walk carefully and keep safety a priority.
For more information, download our complete business hurricane preparation checklist. .