• Are You Prepared for Hurricane Season?

Ahead of the Hurricane

Review your emergency plan and prepare your company for the hurricane season.

Hurricane season is quickly approaching and experts from Colorado State University (CSU) predict it will be an above-average year. According to CSU’s research, 16 named tropical storms will form, eight of which will become hurricanes, and four of those are expected to become major hurricanes (Category 3, 4, or 5).

Whether your business is located along the coast or hundreds of miles inland, you should prepare your property and employees for potential tropical threats. After 24 years in the commercial restoration industry, Cotton Global Disaster Solutions has witnessed the importance of having a plan for every stage - before, during, and after the storm. Knowing how to react could help save lives and reduce business interruptions.

To help you plan, we’ve gathered valuable information that can easily be saved and shared with others. In addition, continue to monitor the latest health guidelines from the CDC and your local officials.

Important Steps To Take During Hurricane Planning

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DETERMINE YOUR RISK

Businesses along the coast, prepare for storm surges during a hurricane. Those located inland, expect flooding and damages caused by heavy rainfall, tornadoes, strong winds, rip currents, and large waves.

DEVELOP AN EVACUATION PLAN

Are you located in a hurricane evacuation zone? If so, design a plan for your workforce that outlines details like what to do, where to go, and how to communicate during a mandatory evacuation.

ASSEMBLE DISASTER SUPPLIES

Make a list of essentials and begin assembling a hurricane emergency kit before the season begins (June 1), and encourage your employees to do the same. For essential businesses, create emergency kits for members of your workforce who are unable to leave the facility during a hurricane.

  • 3 days’ worth of food and water per individual

  • Filled prescriptions and over-the-counter medications

  • Radio, batteries, phone chargers, and flashlight

  • A full gas tank

  • Cash on hand

GET AN INSURANCE CHECKUP

It’s a good idea to check in with your insurance company before the hurricane season begins to ensure your coverage includes flood damage. Keep insurance documents handy and have photo documentation of your valuables in case they’re damaged in the storm.

STRENGTHEN YOUR HOME AND BUSINESS

Before the storm,

  • Trim the trees on your property

  • Board up your windows

  • Secure all doors

  • Remove loose outdoor items, such as patio furniture

  • Store vehicles and valuable equipment in a secure location

HELP YOUR NEIGHBOR

Assist your most vulnerable neighbors with preparations. Help them plan their evacuation and gather the supplies they need. Continue to check on them once it’s safe to do so.

COMPLETE A WRITTEN PLAN

Discuss the plan with your family or employees and write it down. Having a physical copy will help everyone stay prepared and avoid mistakes during an emergency. This is also a good time to update your business continuity plan and review it with your team.

Cotton Global Disaster Solutions specializes in disaster preparedness and recovery. We’re available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and we’re ready to help you and your business get through the hurricane season. Visit our Disaster Response page for more information.

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