Know Before The Storm - How to Prepare Your Business Before a Disaster

2017-09-05 11:57:44
  • Stay informed! Monitor local media and stay up‐to‐date on the storm's progress via radio, TV or NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards receiver.
  • Review your Shelter‐In‐Place plan, making sure your Disaster Kit is fully stocked and fresh batteries & supplies are included. Talk to your employees to ensure they have a safe place to weather the storm.
  • Ensure you have an emergency communication plan in place prior to the storm, evacuation, or threat. Have multiple emergency contacts for employees, vendors and other service providers essential to your day-to-day operation.
  • Have copies of all vital records including insurance policies. Protect or relocate the originals. Backup all data on servers and personal computers. If the backup site is within the area that may be affected by the storm, take backup tapes with you in the evacuation.
  • Review your company’s relocation plan should your location be inaccessible after impact. Ensure remote access to your company’s website so updates about your availability can be made. Forward phone lines, or know how to do so remotely if necessary.
  • Have cash on hand for post‐impact needs, such as buying food and supplies, or paying employees and contractors.
  • Fill fuel tanks of generators and any company owned vehicles.
  • Secure all equipment, indoors and outdoors:
    • Indoors
      • Turn off all non‐critical devices such as server monitors and workstations and other non‐essential electrical equipment.
      • Move electronics off the floor, if possible, to the highest possible level.
      • Remove as many goods as possible from the floor, or ship them out of the facility.
    • Outdoors
    • Remove all loose debris
    • Anchor or relocate all nonessential equipment to a safe indoor location
    • Make sure outdoor signs are properly braced
    • Secure storage of flammable liquid drums, or move them to a sheltered area (but never into main facility areas)
    • Anchor all portable buildings (e.g., trailers) to the ground
    • Secure large cranes and other heavy equipment