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Posted on 08/23/2011, by Jeremy Edsall

Hurricane Preparation Suggestions

Checklist for Business Owners and Operators

Consider incorporating the following hurricane preparation suggestions into your business to avoid unnecessary upsets in the event that disaster strikes:
  •         Check local flood maps by visiting the FEMA Flood Map Service. Also, have your building inspected by a licensed professional to ensure that the roof and other connections comply with the wind loading requirements for your area.
  •         Consider installing impact-resistant film on your windows.
  •         Gather a list of vendors and telephone numbers of individuals or entities that are critical to your daily operations. If you heavily rely on one or two vendors, consider adding a backup vendor outside of your area.
  •         Prepare a list of companies that can assist you in recovery efforts, such as removing debris, moving and computer services.
  •         Provide employees with a chain of command and list of responsibilities in the event that a disaster strikes.
  •         Prepare a list of your employees and their contact information. Also find out where they may vacate to, if you are required to evacuate the city.
  •         Arrange for communication with your clients and customers, in the event of a disaster, to keep them informed.
  •         Constantly diversify your customer base, products and sales locations. This will prevent a major loss, if a majority of your customer base is also affected by the hurricane.
  •         Designate a remote phone number on your voicemail system for which you can record messages to employees in the event of an emergency.
  •         Arrange for programmable call forwarding of your business lines with the phone company. Then you can call and reprogram your phones from a remote location, if needed.
  •         Install emergency backup lights that turn on when the power goes out.
  •         Back up your data on a frequent basis and keep this information off-site.

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