STEP 1: Have an evacuation plan and practice it
The best thing you can do to prepare for a potential hurricane is to have a plan and be able to implement it. The same way you have a plan for your business' success, you should also have a planin case of an emergency. The weather can be unpredictable and having a plan for in case a natural disaster is a necessity.Establishing a plan and practicing it will ensure that should one occur during or outside of work hours; you and your employees will be put in the best situation for safety.
STEP 2: Backup your data
Given that we are in the digital age, this should go unsaid, but back up all of your data! Everything that is on your server should be backed up and saved externally and all employees should be encouraged to do the same with anything on their computers.
STEP 3: Have a remote work plan
If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it is that we should always have a backup plan. Should a natural disaster keep workers from coming to work, you need a structure in place so employees can communicate with each other and also share files safely so that operations can continue.
STEP 4: Outsource your security solutions
If employees are unable to make it into work, then likely your security staff isn’t either. This is where a backup security agency is needed. Whether it be a guard staffing agency or off-duty police officers, you need to have a plan in place to protect all of your physical and digital assets.
STEP 5: Expect the unexpected
The weather is highly unpredictable and though reports may say when it will hit, it can just as easily surprise you and hit earlier. The last thing you want to do is be stuck without a plan at your office building because you weren’t prepared for the unexpected.
STEP 6: Have a return plan
Just as you should have a plan for working from home and exiting the premises, you should also have a plan for when you return to work. In this instance it is important to keep note of where employees are commuting from as they may not be able to drive depending on the severity of the weather.