Hurricane Preparedness Tips for Businesses
8/14/2017 9:00:00 AM
Hurricane season in North America runs from June 1st to November 30th. While known as a concern for the southern Atlantic coast and Gulf areas, 40 of the 50 U.S. states have experienced hurricanes or tropical storms since 1866, according to FEMA. With that in mind, PHLY recommends the following tips and resources to help you and your organization prepare for hurricanes and tropical storms.
Here are some of the key tips to remember:
- Have an emergency response plan in place that includes options for evacuation, operating offsite, and sheltering in place
- Establish a plan for communicating with your employees, clients, and other key stakeholders - both from your existing location and from potential offsite locations
- Prior to any storm, inspect and take action to fully seal your building envelope (roof, flashing, windows, exterior walls, and doors)
- Ensure proper water drainage from roofs and ground areas
- Lift any appliances, electronics, and computer equipment off the floor (in case of flooding) and secure plastic tarps over all computer equipment and other valuables that are susceptible to water damage
- Roll any rugs and get them off the floor
- Ensure sump pumps are fully operational and their batteries are charged (if applicable)
- Secure emergency generators from third party suppliers well ahead of a storm
- Prior to leaving the building, shut off electrical service to the main breaker, if the electrical system and outlets could be under water. However, if you need electrical service for other emergency purposes, it may be best to leave your electrical service on
- Remove any debris or items that could become airborne and damage property
- Secure all windows and exterior doors
- Practice and drill for weather emergencies
- Secure tarps and plywood, as well as identify a water remediation vendor ahead of time
- Following a major storm, quickly assess damage (when safe to do so) and coordinate efforts with your insurance agent and with PHLY Claims
With the prevalence of storm tracking and live look-ins, hurricanes may seem routine. For those involved, however, there is nothing ordinary about hurricanes and tropical storms. By planning ahead and taking smart, timely action, you can help your organization and personnel weather storms safely.
IMPORTANT NOTICE - The information and suggestions presented by Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Company in this E-Brochure is for your consideration in your loss prevention efforts. They are not intended to be complete or definitive in identifying all hazards associated with your business, preventing workplace accidents, or complying with any safety related, or other, laws or regulations. You are encouraged to alter them to fit the specific hazards of your business and to have your legal counsel review all of your plans and company policies.