Preparing Your Business for Hurricane Irma

September 5, 2017

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Hurricane Irma
By NASA via Wikimedia Commons

Takeaways

As Hurricane Irma heads towards the southeastern United States--it's time to prepare your business

As Hurricane Irma heads towards the southeastern United States, it’s important that communities and businesses in the potential impacted area prepare for the storm. There is still time to protect your business ahead of the storm. Here are a few tips, from our Disaster Preparedness Quick Guides, to get you started:

Finalize your Emergency Contact List

During disasters, communication with employees, suppliers, and customers is essential. Make sure you have the phone numbers, email addresses, or social media contact information for your key business contacts. Communicate with your employees your plan for yourself and your business before and after the storm and ensure they know how to get in contact with you.   

Encourage your Employees to Prepare

As you get yourself personally prepared for the disaster, make sure your employees know what steps they can take to prepare as well. This includes making sure they have their own family emergency plan and are stocked up on basic disaster supplies including food and water, a flashlight, batteries, chargers, cash, and first aid supplies.

Back-up Data Off-Site           

Ensure there is an updated backup of all crucial data related to your business—located somewhere outside the business. This could either be on an external hard drive or through cloud storage. This will help ensure nothing is lost if there is damage to your business.  

Review Insurance Policies

After a disaster is not the time to familiarize yourself with your company’s insurance plan. Review your plan now and what will be needed to file a claim—so that if you need to file it after disaster strikes you’ll be ready.

Secure Facilities

If your business has a physical storefront or buildings, you’ll want to protect it similar to how you would your personal property.  Consider your inventory, equipment, and technology, where it is located, and if it can be moved or sheltered.

The Chamber Foundation has resources for businesses of all sizes to prepare ahead of the storm. Our Disaster Help Desk for Business (1-888-MY-BIZ-HELP) can give your business guidance on how to prepare ahead of Hurricane Irma making landfall.

Additionally, our Business and Chamber of Commerce Preparedness Guides, made possible by Shell, can help walk you through in more detail how you prepare ahead of the storm.