The best storm recovery happens before the storm hits with safety precautions and a good disaster plan in place.
These tips will help your company continue to operate in whatever nasty weather Mother Nature brings:
- Have a written plan to help continue your business during power outages and emergencies.
- Use generators and battery backup systems to keep essential equipment running when the power goes out.
- Your disaster plan should have actions listed in priority order from immediate, to first days and long-term recovery.
- Write a communications plan for your employees and suppliers. Know how you will contact your employees about closures and updates. Don’t forget to tell your suppliers that your deliveries will be rerouted.
- Apply for a line of credit before the storm hits to have cash at the ready for repairs without delay.
- Ask your team members to be prepared at home also because employees that know their families are well prepared will be more likely to report to work after the storm to help you rebuild.
- Check out Ready.gov to get info on how to create a business continuity plan for your company.
- Stock adequate emergency supplies in an easily accessible location, that is known to all employees. These include battery-operated flashlights, radios, and first aid kits.
- When power is down put your cell phones into power save mode to ensure longest battery life, plus keep usage and calls to only essential until power is restored.
- Don’t travel unless absolutely necessary. When you leave your business be certain to turn off the power at the main breaker. This is important to prevent damage to your equipment, appliances, and fixtures during the power surges that can occur while utilities are being restored.