Are You Ready for Hurricane Season?

Trees blowing in a hurricane
Hurricane season began June 1, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting a mild season composed of eight to 13 tropical storms and three to six hurricanes. This is due in part to the phenomenon known as El Niño, a band of warm ocean water temperatures that changes rain and temperature patterns around the world every few years.

Though conditions are favorable for a calmer season, there are still some steps you need to take to prepare your business and employees in the event that a hurricane does come your way.


Before

  • Make sure your disaster recovery plan includes provisions for hurricanes. Run through this plan with your team and practice what to do in the event of an actual hurricane.
  • Arrange an emergency kit with enough nonperishable food and water to last all your employees at least 72 hours. You should also have bottled water on hand for sanitary purposes. (Check out our Hurricane Preparedness Checklist for other items you should gather before a hurricane.)
  • Make sure trees and shrubs around your business are well trimmed to prevent falling limbs from damaging your building.
  • If your business is located in a high-rise building, be prepared to take shelter on a lower floor in an interior room with no windows.


 During

  • Listen to a battery-operated radio or television for important weather updates.
  • Avoid using the phone, except for during a serious emergency.
  • Stay indoors, away from windows and glass doors. Don't be fooled if there's a lull; it could be the eye of the storm — winds will usually pick up again.


 After

  • Anticipate extended rainfall and subsequent flooding after the hurricane has ended.
  • Inspect your building for damage. Take pictures for insurance purposes.
  • If you come across any loose or dangling power lines, keep away from them and inform the power company immediately.

Check out more helpful tips on how to prepare for hurricane season here.

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