PREPARE YOUR HOME
❒ Bring loose, lightweight objects such as patio furniture, garbage cans and bicycles inside.
❒ Anchor objects that would be unsafe to bring inside (e.g., gas grills and propane tanks).
❒ Trim or remove damaged trees and limbs close enough to fall on structures.
❒ Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property.
❒ Purchase a portable generator or install a whole-house generator for use during power outages.
❒ Keep alternative power sources, such as a portable generator, outside, at least 20 feet away from the house, and protected from moisture.
❒ Document the condition of your home prior to the storm.
PREPARE YOUR BUSINESS
❒ Document employee responsibilities and roles before a hurricane strikes and review with each employee.
❒ Conduct a drill to ensure staff members comprehend their roles and test your emergency plans. Follow up with an after-action report and lessons-learned session.
❒ Contact your vendors to understand their preparedness plans and how a disaster will impact your supply chain.
❒ Move computers and other Information Technology (IT) systems away from large windows and doors.
❒ Relocate valuables and IT systems to the upper level of your facility or to a more secure location if needed.
❒ Ensure vital records are protected: analyze your off-site backup record storage, place valuable documentation and digital storage media in a waterproof, fireproof box.
❒ Explore purchasing a flood insurance policy for your business.
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