Hurricane Preparedness Tips

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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.


To download the full Hurricane Preparedness checklist, click here.

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