As if we didn’t have enough to worry about, Hurricane Laura is bearing down on Louisiana and Texas potentially bringing along with it severe damage and potentially a lives lost. Keep in mind that in 2019, AccuWeather said that more than $22 billion in hurricane-related damages were reported which this year has the potential to surpass.
Your company’s first priority in a hurricane incident is the same as any other natural disaster that comes barreling through your workplace: your safety and the safety of your staff and customers.
How do you successfully achieve this: develop a plan ahead of time by keepin this checklist handy to get into hurricane-ready preparedness:
Familiarize yourself with your property and its surroundings. See if you can detect where the potential threats may occur in the case of a hurricane (flood zones, weak roofs, walls or windows, and elevation level). Are there any levees or dams nearby?
Ahead of time, share all relevant information using a multi-channel mass notification system so that they have access to lifesaving knowledge. This could avoid chaos, confusion, miscommunication, scrambling, and most importantly, loss of life. Consider distributing evacuation and emergency shelter information using these resources:
A hurricane is not just one single event. Procedures should include how to deal with a hurricane leading up to and following the actual storm. These include:
Make sure your plan includes the following action items:
Unfortunately, forecasters expect an “above average” hurricane season this year. USA Today reports that meteorologist Phil Klotzbach and other experts from Colorado State University – among the nation’s top seasonal hurricane forecasters – predict 16 named tropical storms will form, eight of which will become hurricanes. An average season has 12 tropical storms, six of which are hurricanes. In 2019, there were 18 named storms, six of which were hurricanes.
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