Preparing Your Dental Practice for a Big Storm
How To Protect Your Valuable Assets Before, During and After Natural Disaster
The workplace is one of the most commonly overlooked segments of hurricane preparedness and HTI is sharing its emergency best practices to make sure you have all of the information you need to recover from a natural disaster, as well as to prevent any impact from a future disaster.
While hurricanes and tropical storms wreak havoc in many ways, there are three primary ways that they can impact a business.
Storms can cause direct damage to operating facilities due to high winds, flooding and debris that become high-speed projectiles capable of smashing through windows, roofs and other structural elements.
Through extended power outages, road closures and other lasting damages, storms can put a business out of commission for a week or more. If the natural disaster affects the entire region, this also means the business will have a harder time communicating with customers, receiving important equipment from suppliers and working together with their strategic business partners who are also affected by the disaster.
Businesses usually have advance warning of an approaching storm, however, because storm paths are notoriously difficult to predict, these warnings can often be false alarms. Some businesses therefore fail to respond to storm warnings because they don’t know whether the warnings are valid or unnecessarily. With roughly a dozen named storms occurring along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts each year, major disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina, Sandy, Harvey and most recently Hurricane Ida, certainly underscore the potential damage that can result when such events strike population centers. However, as there is nothing we can do to prevent nature from running its course, there are several steps you as a business owner can take to protect the company, the staff and all assets.