In recent years, hurricanes and summer storms seem to keep getting stronger and stronger. Because of this, it’s vital that people and businesses learn what they can do to best protect themselves and their property from damage that often comes as a result of these storms.
To help you in making the necessary plans in your life, here are three ways to prepare your business for a coming hurricane.
Keep Current With Information
When you get word that a hurricane looks like it will be heading your way, the first thing you should do is ensure that you have all the relevant information about the storm. According to Travelers Risk Control, this means that you should keep a close eye on the weather forecast and how the storm appears to be moving. With this information, you’ll be able to tell if the hurricane will be hitting you directly or not.
In addition to getting this information, you’ll also want to ensure that you have accurate contact information for your employees and vendors. This will help you keep both your employees and customers or clients safe as well as get in contact with vendors who may or may not be able to get you what you need to keep your business going before or after the storm hits.
Secure Your Establishment As Much As Possible
If you work in an area that has a high likelihood of getting hit by a hurricane on a regular basis, even small ones, you should already have protections in place to secure your establishment. So once you know that a hurricane is coming, you’ll want to get those protections in order.
According to Brooks Nelson, a contributor to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, you’ll need to secure not only the physical building that your business is in, but also all of your equipment, product, and technology inside of your establishment. If you’re worried about how safe your building will be once the storm hits, make it a priority to move things to a safer location so that you don’t wind up losing these items to the storm, which could severely set back your business.
Plan For Getting Back To Business
Part of your plan for preparing for a hurricane should include how you plan to get back to business once the storm passes.
For businesses that get hit hard by hurricanes, try to find a way to get parts of your business back running as soon as possible. This might include setting up a temporary shelter to work out of. If your business hasn’t taken too much damage from the storm, Ready.gov recommends that you try to take advantage of your positive position to help those who were hit harder than you. If you can, try to pivot your business to providing things like electricity, food, or emergency supplies to those in need.
To keep your business above water, literally and figuratively, consider using the tips mentioned above to prepare yourself for the possibility of withstanding a hurricane.