4 Severe Weather Preparedness Tips to Always Keep in Mind

Already this year, people around the country have experienced weather extremes that have not been seen for decades. Records are being broken for cold temperatures, snow accumulation is making a mark and the Polar Vortex has been in the news for over two months. And next, comes spring…

As a follow-up to Severe Weather Preparedness Week (3/2-3/8), there are a number of steps you can take to prepare your business for the next severe weather event.

>>Learn more about the “15 Critical Actions to Take Before the Storm” by clicking here.

Included below are four severe weather preparedness tips to always keep in mind:

  1. Don't panic and remain calm – leaders during a crisis need to communicate effectively, express positive dispositions and rely on their expertise and experience to make productive decisions. Learn more about what it takes for leaders to be most effective during a disaster. 
  2. Review, test, and update your emergency action plan – businesses need to have an action plan ready to implement when a disaster hits. It is imperative that staff be trained on the plan so responsibilities are understood and employees know what is expected of them.
  3. Identify power requirements – buildings and facilities are important assets for a business and need to be protected. Identifying the electrical requirements (voltage, amperage, etc.) will help you determine the number of generators needed to keep your business running during an outage and will help isolate the priority resources relyed on for business continuity.
  4. Track the weather and stay on top of important alerts – several major agencies have developed weather and disaster apps that are available: NOAA Radio, Accuweather, and Red Cross. The Redcross Mobile Apps include a Hurricane App, Shelter Finder App, First Aid App, and Pet First Aid App. 

    FEMA's list of state agencies is another great resource to keep handy during a disaster to keep safety top of mind, ensure fast response and keep the lines of communication open.

Next week is National Flood Safety Awareness Week (and Business Continuity Awareness Week for that matter), so stay tuned for tips on how your business can prepare for a flood.