Is Your Business Ready for Hurricane Season?

You know the old saying, “Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst?”, we believe that being ready to respond to any emergency, threat, or natural disaster is an important part of running successful businesses. We know it can be difficult to even think about hurricane season with everything else that’s going on in the world, but meteorologists predict that the 2020 hurricane season is going to be tough.

The 2020 Hurricane Season Forecast

According to researchers and meteorologists, the Atlantic hurricane season, beginning June 1, 2020, is expected to be very active. Predictions indicate that 16 named storms (tropical and subtropical), 8 hurricanes, and 4 major hurricanes (category 3 or higher) are likely to develop from June to November. The annual average over the last 30 years is 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes, so this year is expected to be higher than average in all areas. While named storms and hurricane numbers may be higher this year, it’s important to remember that this does not necessarily mean all of them will make landfall or do significant damage. However, with a high number of storms predicted, businesses that may be affected should be ready to respond.

How COVID-19 Will Impact Hurricane Preparedness

We’ve all had to make adjustments for the past several months in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, so it will come as no surprise that your disaster preparations will need to be adjusted to consider potential COVID-19 exposure risks during evacuations. Not to mention the increased health and safety hazards related to post-hurricane clean up. Here are a few recommendations for you to consider:

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Planning for Hurricane Safety

When selecting your disaster security provider we recommend considering if they have the capacity to support your business security needs before, during, and after severe weather events. We also recommend steps you can take to protect yourself, your business, and your employees if the worst should happen. To get ready for the 2020 hurricane season, you should have a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) in place that includes the following items:

Protecting Your Business During a Hurricane

During a hurricane or other severe weather event, our best advice is – follow the recommendations of authorities to ensure your safety and that of your employees. You can also plan to keep your employees and customers informed about your status with updates via text messages, email blasts, social media posts, and press releases throughout severe weather events. The more clarity you can offer the better to put your customer’s and employee’s minds at ease during a potentially scary time.

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Repairing Your Business After a Hurricane

If you’re prepared before the hurricane strikes, you should be ready to get back to business after severe weather passes. After severe weather you should:

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Choose Your Security Provider Wisely

No matter what your security needs, finding a reputable and honest provider is key. We encourage you to ask for prior Hurricane Coverage reports to determine if that specific provider is a fit for your organization. We have experience partnering with businesses and communities during disasters, including: