Hurricane Disaster Response for Retailers

If you run a retail establishment, you know that time without your lights on is lost revenue. Even a small fire can cost over a million dollars, and the bigger the property, the more potential for hurricane damage – which translates to a longer timeline to restore your business. It's worth the time, and the money, to prepare. 

Hurricane Risks for Large Facilities

Retail and commercial properties are often multiple stories, making them more vulnerable to hurricane winds that are much stronger at higher elevations than smaller properties. 

In addition to wind damage, water damage is a common hurricane issue for “large footprint” facilities. Property managers in coastal areas, near rivers or waterways, need to know where nearby dams and levee systems are. In the case of flooding, you're able to anticipate where water is likely to come from, and protect against damage by shoring up your facility and providing water runoff areas. 

Prepare Damage Prevention Measures

Retail facilities need additional measures to ensure all windows, large doors, and entry/exit points can be easily secured. If windows can't be shuttered, make sure you have material ready to board and seal them effectively and quickly. 

Substantial restoration costs in retail are inventory related, and to minimize loss, redundancies should be in place to protect it. In the event of a hurricane-related fire, know how flammable, or flame resistant, your facility and your product is. If you don't have a redundant sprinkler or fire-retardant system in place, consider including one to safeguard everything in the likely event power becomes unreliable during a storm.

When handling hurricane restoration jobs with large square footage, consider how your response plan will adapt for the size of your facility and adapt for the hazards that accompany hurricanes.