09 Aug Preparing Your Business Premises for a Storm
When you’re a business owner, there are many things you need to worry about. From marketing, to finances, to hiring processes, you’re always going to have your plate full. But on this long list of priorities, storm protection should be one of the top items.
Bad weather, such as heavy storms and hurricanes, affect small businesses every day. The US Small Business Administration reported that in 2015, they doled out $2.8 billion in disaster loans. But with the right preparations, your business doesn’t have to contribute to this statistic.
Here’s what to do to prepare for any upcoming storms.
Know where your priorities lie
Before a heavy storm arrives, you should assess what’s the most important to protect. Most likely, this will consist of your assets (such as your store itself), and your employees.
Ensure that your storefront is secure and likely unable to be damaged. You can call All Dry USA to board up your windows for you, and put a tarp on your roof to keep it secure. We’re fast acting in case of emergencies like hurricanes, so you can be sure that you are protecting your business building in a timely manner.
If the hurricane still causes damage to your business, All Dry USA can repair any windows, roofs, or leaks in a jiffy as well. It is always good to know that even if your preventative measures don’t work, there are reliable companies like All Dry to help you restore your storefront to its former glory.
If you haven’t already done so, make sure the contact list for your employees is up-to-date, and in a place where you can easily find it when a storm is about to hit. Keeping tabs on your employees location is important not only for your business, but for your relationship with your employees. You can even give them perishable food items and batteries to make them feel prepared for the storm as well. Stock up on these items and then set them aside in your office.
If you have the means, you can even have your employees work remotely from home in case of an emergency or power outage on your premises. Sometimes, however, time off can be the best option when a storm comes through.
Prepare a recovery team for after the disaster
In the case of a severe storm or a hurricane, you should contact a recovery team immediately to assess and repair any damages. This team can seek out and list any safety hazards to your business, including:
- Power lines that have fallen
- Trees and other foliage that have struck or affected the building in any way
- Fire alarms and other fire protection that the storm has impaired
Your business should be photographed or videotaped to assess damages and to file insurance claims when necessary. If there are any holes in the walls, these should be fixed immediately. The recovery team can also determine what elements need to be repaired, and what can be salvaged to save time and money.
This team should enforce safety rules, such as proper protection equipment like helmets, goggles, or gloves when necessary. Smoking should be prohibited in any effected areas in case of electrical issues. An electrician should be included, as they will be an important part of the recovery team. They may also enforce these rules and determine what electrical aspects of the business need to be fixed.
You should always tell your employees what kind of safety hazards are present at work. This is another way in which the contact list will come in handy. Keep your employees updated on conditions and correct procedure to make sure that no harm will come to the people that keep your business running. You should also give them information on who to call if more emergencies occur, such as fires or electrical outages after the storm.
Making sure your business is protected during a storm can be a lengthy, tiring process, but the prepare efforts are worth it. Keeping your office building and your employees safe before, during, and after a storm is crucial to ensure the longevity of your store. And in case you do need repairs, remodels, and remediation done, All Dry USA is your one stop shop for post-storm clean up and maintenance.