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Hurricane Tips or Business
“The business community should
be aware of the potential of hurricane damage in the Commonwealth,” stated
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency Director Don Boyce. “Each
business owner should prepare or review their own Recovery Plan. MEMA
provides some important safety tips for business owners. ‘Business as
usual’ will not happen without good planning.”
- Review your property insurance with your
insurance agent. Take photographs or make a video of your business
establishment, both inside and outside.
- Determine and establish a written Hurricane
Preparedness Plan for your business and its contents. Coordinate this
plan with local and state officials. Specify the conditions under
which the plan will be implemented.
- Test your plan, reviewing it annually.
Establish an employee-training program on your Hurricane Plan.
- Make plans for protection of your computer
files, including a back-up system to secure data and safe off-site
storage of the data.
- Protect corporate records, keeping
duplicates at an alternate location.
- Well in advance, acquire emergency
protective equipment and supplies. Heavy plastic sheeting, duct
tape, sandbags, emergency generator, chain saw and large pieces of
plywood will help protect your property.
- Bring in display racks and other objects,
such as trashcans that might cause damage if airborne. Remove
outdoor signs, especially those that swing or are portable.
- Move merchandise, equipment or furniture
away from windows or skylights. Elevate boxes or equipment, if
- Turn off electricity and disconnect all
electrical appliances and equipment (except for refrigeration
equipment), in case there is a power outage. An ensuing power
surge could be damaging to equipment.
- Inform all employees on when and how you
will notify them to report back to work.
- Develop an employee identification system,
such as picture ID badges. This may help employees gain access to
the area after a hurricane.
- If possible, make arrangements to pay
employees in cash. It may be several days before banking
institutions are operational.
Information Available Online
Many helpful Web sites can aid businesses in disaster planning
and provide useful information about how to prepare and protect a
business. At www.ready.gov, business owners
can find recommendations on how to prepare emergency and recovery plans,
how to conduct a risk analysis, and measures to implement to lessen damage
from disasters. Anyone can download business preparedness brochures, check
lists and templates for emergency planning.
The Web site for the Institute for Business & Home
Safety (www.ibhs.org) includes a section on
protecting against hurricanes, hail, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods,
wildfires and freezing weather.
The Disaster Contractors Network Web
site (www.dcnonline.org) connects business owners and homeowners with
contractors and vendors offering repair and rebuilding services. Business
owners can search the site for contractors by category, keyword or
geographic location. The Web site offers a multitude of services,
including the ability to check if a contractor's license is valid and
The U.S. Small
Business Administration's site
(www.sba.gov/disaster/getready.html) contains disaster preparation tips
and a checklist of planning tasks for business owners to consider. The
section includes help with some hard questions owners need to ask
themselves, such as, "What would we do if our facility were closed for
several days, damaged or even totally destroyed?" and "What if my payroll,
tax, accounting or production records were destroyed?"
Link: FEMA: Protect Your Business from a Natural
PDF File: FEMA: Protect Business Records and
PDF File: FEMA: Installing a