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.