Hurricane Preparedness for Businesses

An often over-looked segment of hurricane preparedness is the home-away-from-home:
churches, businesses or academic institutions. Regardless of the type of organization, if it’s in the projected path of a hurricane, the protection of members, employees, students, property and important business information is of utmost concern.

As a basic rule of thumb, it is important that your organization plan ahead to create processes to protect property and important documents and information as well as create a preparedness checklist in the event members and/or employees are caught onsite when a disaster strikes. FEMA has developed a useful Hurricane Toolkit with examples of what we’re talking about.

In addition to the above measures, a good hurricane preparedness plan should also identify a hurricane recovery team. This is a group of qualified professionals that will help you get your organization back on its feet by assessing the damage and developing an action plan that addresses priorities including:

• Safety hazards, such as downed power lines, exposed electrical wires and leaking gas.
• Structural damage to buildings or damaged foundations.
• Completion of temporary repairs so individuals can access the building safely.
• Providing regular updates on the progress of the recovery operation.

Your hurricane recovery team could be made-up of individual contractors (electrical, mechanical, plumbing, clean-up, etc.) or a comprehensive disaster recovery specialist like GC3 Builders.

When building your team, you should look for partners that offer:

Experience. Have they dealt with your situation before. Do they have experience in addressing natural disasters? What is the approach they bring to the table? Can it help save you money?

Rapid Arrival. The first 24 – 48 hours following a disaster are critical to setting the stage for how quickly recovery can begin.

Customer Service. Do they have a proven track record of collaborating with clients, providing regular communication and project updates, going above and beyond to meet needs and deliver on time?

Scope of Services. Does the scope of services offered only cover construction needs? Or does it expand into other critical areas such as full disaster assessment and in-depth knowledge of the insurance process?

Whether we are detailing a building’s scope of loss, working with a building inspector to determine the necessary requirements for reconstruction, or soliciting bids from reputable subcontractors, our approach saves money.

By taking the initiative to start planning early, you can create a process that will help you improve staff safety and protect property as well as important company information.