According to Punxsutawney Phil, spring is right around the corner. Unfortunately, spring’s arrival signals the beginning of hail season for most of the United States. Since hailstorms are usually an afternoon or evening occurrence, there’s a good chance that you’ll be at work when a hailstorm occurs. Each year, hail causes approximately $1 billion in damage, so it’s important that your disaster recovery plan account for the possibility of hail damage.
Below are some tips to keep in mind should hail start to fall during the workday:
- Stay inside until the hail stops.
- Stay away from windows or skylights, especially those being struck by hail.
- Avoid using phones and electrical appliances to avoid the danger of electrocution from the lightning that generally accompanies hail.
- Account for all employees and building occupants.
- Have your disaster recovery provider’s contact information nearby in case you need to make a disaster declaration.
For more hail safety tips, visit safeamerica.org and disastersafety.org.