8 Critical Steps to Take Before the Storm Strikes
Last week, federal forecasters announced that the ocean-atmosphere climate interaction, El Niño is not likely to form this year. El Nino tends to decrease hurricane activity, with increased upper-level westerly winds across the Caribbean into the tropical Atlantic, tearing apart hurricanes as they form.
This could be more bad news for the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season, which is already off to a quick start with three named storms so far.
BlueTeam’s experts provided tips on how to prepare your business for hurricane season, but it is vital to you and your team's safety that you understand the necessary steps to take once a storm is on its way.
1. Check for Weather Updates
Tune in to the latest information regarding the storm's path and development. This will help keep you and your team informed and protected from any threats that may impact your business.
2. Check Your Disaster Supplies Kit
Should a storm hit while employees are on-premise, you need to be prepared. The following items should be gathered to protect the safety of your employees.
- Battery operated radio or television
- Non-perishable three-day food supply for you and your employees
- Three day supply of water for you and your employees (One gallon of water per person, per day)
- Coolers and containers for water and washing
- Blankets, pillows, cots, and chairs
- First Aid Kit and first aid manual
- Flashlights, batteries, light-sticks
- Cleaning supplies, including mops, towels and garbage cans
- Smoke alarms and fire extinguishers
- Electric generator
3. Minimize Flying Debris and Outdoor Objects
Clear any loose tree branches and limbs from your property. Remove trees that present a risk to your property or electrical lines. Securely store any outdoor furniture or empty planters.
4. Protect Windows & Glass Doors
If you do not have impact-resistant windows, install shutters or plywood to cover glass.
5. Fill Fleet Cars and Equipment Gas Tanks
Gas pumps do not operate without electricity. Ensure fleet vehicles have a full tank and you have plenty of full gas tanks for necessary equipment.
6. Obtain Sufficient Cash
Both banks and ATM will not be in operation without electricity and few companies will be able to accept credit cards. Ensure you have sufficient cash to get your business back up and running post-storm.
7. Back-Up All Computer Data
Ensure that all computer data is backed up and stored in a safe place off-site.
8. Discuss the Business Recovery Plan with Employees
Ensure that employees are aware of their responsibilities after the storm and that communications are up to date.
To learn more about BlueTeam’s disaster recovery services and priority response program, call us today!