Hurricane season is here, and these storms can bring heavy wind and rain, potential flooding and tornados, and the possibility of extended electrical outages and damages to roads, bridges, and buildings. By having a specific plan for hurricane season, you can be ready for a major storm or evacuation. Here are some important tips when preparing your business and your family for a possible hurricane strike:
- Personal Preparation — Your plans should cover preparations, evacuation, and response. For your family, be sure that everyone knows evacuation routes and designate a shelter destination in case you’re separated. For employees, make sure they’re well informed of your emergency plan and understand the necessary precautions.
- Facility Preparation — Personally, make a list of valuables and documents in your home, and a video inventory can be particularly helpful. Be sure that all valuables are moved away from doors and windows or otherwise protected. At your business, be certain that your Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity (DR/BC) plans are up-to-date and include resources to protect data while ensuring minimal systems downtime even in the event of a major outage.
- Supplies — Prepare a list of supplies that you’ll need to ride out a major storm and gather those items well in advance. Supplies to protect your business, home, and family should include first-aid kits, flashlights, plenty of batteries, non-perish- able food, and bottled water. For more list suggestions, follow this link: https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit.
- Stay Informed — Follow the weather reports. If a storm is forecast to head your way, start preparing and invest in battery operated radios to stay informed. If authorities call for an evacuation, plan for a prompt departure in case there’s flooding or heavy traffic on evacuation routes.
Ultimately, safety should be your top priority. While hurricanes are uncontrollable, planning is essential for ensuring that your home, family, and business are protected. More valuable information is available on the web through FEMA (https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4339/hurricane-preparedness
) and the National Hurricane Center (http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php
“It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.”
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