Hurricane Preparedness: Has Your Business Done These Things?

Hurricane season starts June 1. Last year’s season proved to be the costliest one to date, and experts say the 2018 season is shaping up to be more active than usual. To make sure your business is ready, follow the tips below.

Involve Your Community

Business continuity isn’t just about your business. It’s about your community. That was especially evident after hurricanes Harvey and Irma, when businesses and private citizens alike banded together to help each other.

Check out the CDC infographic below for advice on making sure you and your community are prepared for a disaster.

Neighborhood Preparedness Infographic

Think About Your Employees’ Needs

Is your business continuity plan compatible with your employees’ and community’s needs? Employees who take pride in their employer are more likely to work hard and stick around for the long term. Similarly, customers are more likely to remain loyal to a business they trust. When planning for major disasters like hurricanes Harvey and Irma, remember the human side of business continuity.

Learn From Past Storms

Hurricane season 2017 is proof that you never really know what to expect from Mother Nature. Here are three business continuity lessons we learned from the storms that year:

  • Public-private sector cooperation is critical. Participating in cross-sector preparedness initiatives helps you familiarize yourself with first responder procedures and improve your disaster response protocol. Joining an LEPC is a good first step.
  • Little details make a big difference. No plumbing. Power outages. Permits not approved for alternate workspaces. Lack of fuel for generators. After Harvey, these are a just a few of the challenges affected businesses faced. Make sure to address these logistical issues in your business continuity plan.
  • People need food, water, shelter… and internet access. After a disaster, internet connectivity and cell service are often impacted, so providing internet access is an important way to help your employees and customers. For an idea of what technology you’ll need, check out the American Red Cross’s Disaster Relief Operation (DRO) Push Kit (flip to page 15).

By using lessons learned from past disasters, you increase your ability to successfully weather future disaster declarations.

For more tips, download our Hurricane Preparedness Checklist from our resources page.

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