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7 Tips to Ensure Your Business is Prepared for Spring Storms

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Spring can bring some wild weather

Depending on your location, the potential hazards can include: severe storms, lighting, tornadoes, floods, tsunamis, rip currents, beach hazards and severe heat. Given the various threats, it’s important to ensure your business has a storm preparedness plan in place.

Here are a few simple steps you can take to ensure your business is weather-ready.

1. Stay Informed.

Monitor for severe weather at the National Weather Service.  

2. Stock up on emergency supplies.

If possible, you should always have a storm toolkit for your business. Items you should consider including are: flashlights, a battery-powered radio, batteries, first aid kit, food, water and blankets. 

3. Use battery-powered smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Since the power can go out, ensure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are battery-powered and functioning. Test them monthly and replace batteries twice yearly.

4. Establish shelter locations on your property.

Employees and customers should be informed about the shelter locations on your property. In the shelter, there should be enough room for all employees, customers and suppliers who may be at your business during the hazardous situation. Stock the shelter with emergency supplies.

5. Make a plan for customers.

Have a plan for customers and regularly review it with employees. Ensure that it is clearly communicated to customers during an emergency. 

6. Have a business emergency or continuity plan.

Be prepared for power outages. Determine any essential equipment or processes that rely on electrical power and have emergency power (e.g. backup generators) available for these items. Maintain an inventory of all equipment and assets for your business in the event of structural damage. Install surge protectors to protect electronic equipment.

Also, consider carrying enough cash for two weeks of business operation as banks and ATMs cannot operate without electricity and stores may be unable to process credit card transactions.

7. If necessary, adjust employee hours.

If there is a major storm in the forecast, adjust work hours as necessary. Avoid risky outdoor activities and postpone nonessential tasks.

For more tips on preparing your business for severe spring weather, visit the National Oceanic and Weather Administration.

Posted: April 07, 2016

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