Hurricane Barry recently dumped heavy rain and caused dangerous flooding in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas, our first hurricane of the 2019 season. “For 2019, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts a likely range of 9 to 15 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 4 to 8 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 2 to 4 major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher). NOAA provides these ranges with a 70% confidence.” Early preparation is vital to stay safe before, during and after a hurricane event, especially with this year’s hurricane prediction.
Hopefully, your business has a well thought out Business Continuity Plan (BCP) that can be engaged in the event of a weather emergency. If your business does not have a well-practiced disaster plan, take action now. We recommend creating an emergency planning team comprised of managers and staff who are well versed in the disaster response plan. They should focus on collaborating to identify possible emergency scenarios and plan the steps and actions to safely respond. While not all-inclusive, below are a few factors to keep in mind during a weather-related disaster: