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Hurricanes - High Winds, Heavy Rains, and Storm Surge Can Interrupt Your Business

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), hurricanes cause billions of dollars in damage and economic hardship each year. The larger the storm, the harder the emotional, physical, and structural recovery is, even for the more steadfast community.

A hurricane’s high winds, storm surge, and heavy rains cause devastating flooding, property damage, and utility outages. The US Department of Labor Statistics reports that over 40% of businesses that experience a disaster never reopen.

You can never fully know what impact a hurricane will have, but you reduce some of the challenges by planning ahead. Keeping an eye out for emergency alerts, developing a business recovery plan, readying your facility for damage, and communicating with your employees are proactive ways to reduce the burden.



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PREPARE

Plan

A thorough, written plan should explain evacuation procedures, chain of command, property protection, rescue and medical duties, insurance documentation, communication methods, critical operations shutdown, and continuity. It's also important to note who is responsible for any actions.

Stay Alert

Don't be caught unaware. Know your hurricane risk and evacuation routes ahead of time. Understand the different types of storm warnings. Follow orders from local authorities regarding safe water use and evacuation.

Gather Supplies

Assemble a survival kit that includes first aid supplies, generator, three-day supply of non-perishable food & water, tarps, pillows, blankets, cots, tape, battery-powered radio, flashlights, gas to power vehicles & generators, and batteries.

Data Back-Up

Your company employee, financial, and customer data is vital to your day-to-day operations. Don't risk losing it. Keep paper documents that you'll need in an emergency in one place so that they can be quickly and easily gathered. Create digital copies of documents, and store them securely online. Copy your servers.

Document Property and Inventory

Take photos of your facility and vehicles. Do an inventory of supplies, products, office furniture, electronics, etc. This information will help you assess los, file your insurance claims, or apply for recovery assistance, should you need to.


RECOVER & REOPEN

Generator Usage

Practice caution when using generators. Never use them indoors or near an open window, as carbon monoxide poisoning can result.

Safe Driving

Do not drive through standing water. Even 6" of water is enough to stall most cars, and 12" of water is enough to wash away many vehicles.

Loss Assessment

When it is safe to reenter your workplace, take photos of your inventory/equipment/property losses and document the physical damages. File your insurance claims. Don't be afraid to seek help from FEMA or the American Red Cross.

Floodwater

Unfortunately, floodwater may contain insects, snakes, debris, gasoline, industrial waster, or raw sewage. Avoid injury and illness by not walking through it. If you come in contact with it, wash thoroughly with soap and clean water, or use alcohol-based sanitizer.

Clean-up

Clean hard surfaces with soap and water; then sanitize with a solution of one cup bleach to five gallons of water. Not all items touched by floodwater can be sanitized. Throw away any affected food, drywall, insulation, mattresses, and wooden cutting boards.


Resources

Hurricane Preparedness

Know your hurricane risk: even if you don’t live in a coastal state, rain and wind could have a major impact.

Planning Ahead For Hurricane Season

The Atlantic Hurricane Season takes place traditionally from June to November. Damaging winds, heavy rainfall, and power outages may occur. What can you do to prepare your business?

Hurricane Season Preparation Guidelines In Multiple Languages

The unpredictable Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1. It’s important for people who live in susceptible regions to develop an emergency plan for the events before, during, and after a hurricane.

Government Emergency Programs

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