Life is a cruel teacher, it gives the test first and the lesson later. This is especially true when it comes to natural disasters. If the past is any indication of what the future might hold then hurricane season has the potential to be full of tests. Below is a quick list of useful tips to help you and your business stay ahead of the curve.
Prepare Your Generator for Hurricane Season Now.
Make sure that your generator is a deliberate part of your emergency plan. Does it have the capacity to meet your needs. Check to make sure your generator works. Start the generator to make sure that it will be ready when you need it. Have the generator inspected by a professional. Even if you generator starts you may want to consider service. Carburetor and other common problems can be avoided with timely checkups by certified service technicians.
Be fuel ready. Regardless of which type of fuel powers your generator in times of need, have extra on hand. Being prepared will pay dividends when the lights go out. Also, you may need to remove old fuel that has been stagnant in the tank of your generator. Certain types of fuel need to be replaced if left in the generator for an extended period of time.
Heed the Experts.
We all know that hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage along the coast. But did you know can and have caused damage several hundred miles inland? It is important to heed the advice of experts even if you think you are out of immediate danger zone.
In the event of an approaching natural disaster, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) plays a lead role in informing all your local weather stations everything they need to inform the public. They also provide up-to-date information and graphics on their website that can use as a reference.
The good news is that in the case of hurricanes you typically have several days warning. Take advantage of this time to prepare. Heed the warnings of the experts and protect your assets. Leave nothing to chance especially if your business is in a flood-prone area.
Prepare your business.
Create a Business Survival Plan to serve as a guide to safeguard your business. The plan should provide steps to improve employee safety and protect your property.
Protect Property: Protect windows and doors from wind borne-debris, evaluate roof, remove branches near roof, sandbag if needed, relocate valuables, secure utilities and gas tanks, turn of utilities, secure unplugged workstation computers with Velcro, remove server(s) offsite if necessary.
Protect Documents: Back-up documents that are not easily produced (insurance, legal contracts, tax returns, accounting) and seal in waterproof containers. Save all your designated contacts and documents in an alternate, accessible off-site location.
Preparedness Checklist: Battery operated radio, non-perishable three day food supply for you and your employees, three day supply of water (1 gallon per day), coolers and containers for washing, sleeping gear, first aid, flashlight batteries, tool kits, tarps, cleaning supplies, gas and or diesel, cash, and emergency contact information.
Know where you’re going and how to get there.
If you are required to evacuate hit the road early. The best thing you can do is beat the crowds and get moving before everyone else is on the road too. Having an emergency kit in your car will be helpful if you rushed your packing and left some essentials behind.
Furthermore, should you decide on a back-up location where your business needs to run smoothly if damages occurred you will need to discuss this with employees beforehand. It’s important that everyone knows the plan and is on the same page. Your employees are the key to rebuilding.
Last but not least, if your business is damaged remember to assess, record images, document, and report this information to your insurance company as soon as possible.
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Bill Hogan, Marketing & Technology, is with ACF Standby Systems with offices throughout Florida. For more information visit www.acfstandbysystems.com