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Before the Storm

Published September 13th, 2018 by Kiki Echarte

HURRICANE PREP LIST

Hurricane season is here and there is so much to do in order to correctly prepare your place of business. When a storm is threatening to strike your area, it is always to better to be safe, than sorry! Below is a list that will help you determine what needs to get done before a hurricane hits your place of business. 

BEFORE THE STORM: 

  • Save all your work on a Hard Drive and back up all your work on your computers.
  • Invest in a Disaster Recovery Plan
  • Unplug all your electronics and machines to prevent surges and fires.
  • Move all electronics away from windows, incase windows break and rain comes inside.
  • If you can't move machines, cover them with a tarp to keep safe from wind and water damage.
  • Charge all your laptops and turn them off once fully charged.
  • Purchase a cellphone charger and car charger as backups to charge electronics.
  • Have a digital camera or a disposable camera ready to take before and after pictures of your property.
  • Secure building facility, making sure that all offices and departments have followed rules for machinery and backing up their systems.
  • Put storm shutters up around the facility windows to protect the building. 
  • Let business clients know your plans for the Hurricane. Tell them what they can expect during and after the hurricane. 
  • Test run all back up generators. Fill the fuel tank up for back up.
  • Fill all fuel tanks on vehicles. Replenish any storage tanks at all facilities.
  • Create a list of emergency personal contact numbers. Include on the list, home and cellphone numbers. Make sure to pass out this information to all members of emergency standby group.
  • Make a list of phones numbers from your electric and natural gas providers, and insurance provider. 
  • Communicate with employees about the expectations after the storm.
  • Identify a representative to communicate with employees on when and where to report back to work after the storm. 
  • Post information on website to update clients on what to expect. 
  • Let employees leave early so that they may have time to prepare for the storm.
  • Have a customer representative be on call for clients to reach during the storm.

We hope this helps you in all your preparations before a hurricane strikes. Remember there are many things to follow up with after a hurricane hits. Please be attentive to the follow up process as well. Here is a list of the 4 Best Practices After A Hurricane

Most importantly always remember to stay safe! 

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