06 Jun Is Your Business Ready for Hurricane Season 2018?
Did you know 40% of small businesses who shut down as a result of hurricane damage never reopen?
Protecting businesses from hurricanes is often over looked but hurricane safety does not end at home. To ensure the future of your business we encourage business owners to take the necessary steps to protect their businesses from hurricanes. Plan early to make sure you and your business are prepared in the event of a disaster.
Not sure where to start? We have created a list to help you get started.
Protect your property from hurricanes
- Invest / install shutters to protect doors and window from wind born debris
- Have your roof checked to make sure it can withstand a storm
- Remove branches/trees surrounding the property that can potential fall and cause damage.
- Relocate valuables and fragile possessions
- Secure all utilities from water heaters to gas tanks, raise them to a higher location to help avoid water damage if necessary.
- Before the hurricane reaches landfall you should turn off all utilities.
Protect important documents and information
- Save important contacts that are crucial for business operations like employees, banks, and suppliers.
- Back up any documents that are not easily produce Like insurance documents and other legal or business documents to avoid water damage.
- Save all contact and important documents at a secure and accessible offsite location.
Protect your equipment
- Unplug your PCs, printers, and routers.
- Raise floor mounted PC towers on top of desks.
- Cover PCs and monitors with plastics bags to protect them from water damage.
- Place laptops and external drives in plastic zip lock bags for protection.
Keep a hurricane safety check list:
As a business owner you will need supplies on hand not only to ensure your safety, but also your employees safety whenever a hurricane hits unexpectedly during work hours.
- Battery operated radio.
- 3-day supply of nonperishables.
- 1 gallon of water per person per day.
- Coolers and containers for water.
- Blankets pillows and chairs.
- First aid kits and manuals.
- Tool kit.
- Camera & film to record damages.
- Signal flairs and light sticks. (to signal for help if necessary.)
- Fire extinguishers.
Emergency contact info
- Life safety issues: 9-1-1
- Small Business Administration (SBA): 1-800-359-2227
- FEMA Tele-registration hot-line: 1-800-462-9029
- Insurance company and agent’s contact information