Preparing Your Business For Seasonal Storms

Whatever region that you have your American offices in, there is a risk of some type of storm or catastrophe.  California has wildfires and earthquakes.  Texas and the Southeast have hurricanes.  The Pacific Northwest and Atlantic Northeast now have giant Winter snowstorms that lead to flooding.

It therefore makes some sense to look at putting a plan in place for digging out of the next storm that hits your area.

Here are some tips that can help you to ensure that your business is ready to recover quickly after a disaster:

Develop a set of steps and follow it:

Whether you have a Hurricane or a Snowstorm problem, there will be common steps having to do with your business that could be followed to minimize safety concerns and property loss.

The more you work on these steps,  the more likely you will be able to perform them flawlessly.  One suggestion is to form a company safety committee that oversees your storm plan and fine tunes it during the course of the year.  When something like that is visible to many, it increases the likelihood that your staffers will know what to do when there is an emergency.

Find a strong partner that matches your footprint:

If you have offices in Chicago and Louisiana and New York, it can be a little confusing to have three different local vendors on call for emergencies.  You may end up with triple the work vetting them and inconsistent work policies or performance.

A better approach may be to work with a company like DK Services, a company that has contractors all over the country working with them to provide disaster relief services when they occur.  Not only do they have locals that are fulfilling contracting opportunities right after a storm, they also have companies that move into major storm areas and provide contracting in its aftermath.

The net result for you is a group of companies that work together to provide you with fire, earthquake, hurricane, and flood restoration services that can re-open your company soon after a problem.

Execute!:

When you encounter a Winter storm or other catastrophe, the important thing is to ensure that you get the recovery process started as soon as possible after you know how much damage you have sustained or will sustain.  There are a lot of business heroes that walk the last few miles to get to their wiped out office after a catastrophe has hit.  One key for you is to ensure that once you do start to take stock, your vendor will be able to perform and start restoring areas with the same spirit that you are showing.  They should also be certified or bonded in the processes that they are accomplishing for you so that you can focus on running your business while it is being restored.

Preparing your business for seasonal storms isn’t always easy.  If you have a plan, a solid partner, and the ability to execute your process, you stand a strong chance of re-opening soon after the catastrophe has hit.

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