How to Protect Your Business for Hurricane Season
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this hurricane season will be above normal with 13-19 named storms, 6-10 hurricanes, and 3-6 major hurricanes. With these types of numbers, it’s important to know how to properly protect your business during this time.
Follow these tips for business protection during hurricane season:
1. Assess your individual risk
Understanding your unique risk and potential business impact is the first step in being properly prepared during hurricane season. One of the main goals of assessing this risk is to identify the necessary resources needed to keep operations/production in motion.
A few important questions to ask when assessing your risk:
- Which department/processes are most critical?
- What resources are needed to minimize potential business interruption?
- What are the operational and financial impacts of extended down-time?
2. Develop a response plan (and practice it!)
In any natural disaster, your number one priority is always the livelihood of your employees and customers. According to Ready.gov, at the minimum, you should include the following in your emergency response plan:
- Communication systems with customers, employees, and emergency service organizations
- A clear and concise evacuation plan
- A meeting point for employees to organize
3. Partner with an insurance agency that has you best interest at hand
Should a hurricane impact your business, having an agency who knows your business inside out is key to having a smooth recovery. In determining if an agency is right for your business, make sure that you’re asking these questions.
At Snellings Walters, we know you’ve worked hard to get to where you are today, and we don’t take that lightly. We work with you to uncover any blind spots or gaps in your current policies so that your true potential is unleashed. We’d love to help your business get the policies it needs. Reach out to us here to get started.