The Atlantic hurricane season is officially upon us! Beginning June 1st and ending November 30th, the peak period runs from early August through the end of October. Fortunately, unlike tornadoes, there is ample warning for hurricanes, allowing for preparation and evacuation, if necessary. However, it is best to make plans before a hurricane threat even exists, rather than waiting until a few days before it hits land.
Some experts are predicting below-average hurricane activity this season; nevertheless, it only takes one hurricane (or even a tropical storm) to hit your area and dramatically impact your business. Therefore, preparation is essential!
While coastal communities are usually most vulnerable, they are not the only regions that need to prepare. Inland businesses can also be affected by power outages, downed trees, debris and flooding.
For more information, read RCM&D’s hurricane preparedness blog post before a threat, while under a watch, and while under a “warning,” as well as steps to file a claim with your insurance company in the event your property sustains damage.
“Hurricane Preparedness,” Chubb Insurance – http://www.chubb.com/businesses/cci/chubb1160.pdf
“Hurricane Preparation for Businesses: Checklist,” JEDCO (Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission) – www.jedco.org/files/checklist.pdf
“Hurricane Preparedness Planning,” Plans Unit, Division of Emergency Management, Texas Department of Public Safety –
“How to Prepare a Business for a Hurricane,” Ashton Daigle, Demand Media – http://smallbusiness.chron.com/prepare-business-hurricane-16466.html
“Businesses Should Prepare for Hurricane Season Now,” Mississippi Emergency Management Agency – http://www.msema.org/businesses-should-prepare-for-hurricane-season-now/