Irma came and went, and we all survived. We got really lucky in Tampa Bay that by the time the storm hit us, it had significantly weakened. That doesn’t change the fact that during the days leading up to the storm, most of us were worried about the impact and aftermath of a category 5 hurricane.
Most of what we read about has to do with protecting our homes. And that’s fine. We love our homes. But we should also have an action plan to protect our business. After all, without it, we might as well say goodbye to our house and everything’s that’s in it.
So what can you do to protect your business?
Back up data:
This should be a no brainer by now, but you’d be surprised at the amount of people who lose their data because they failed to back it up. Do it regularly, and make sure it’s done one more time before you start your storm prep. Don’t forget to shut down all servers and computers before unplugging them and storing them in a safe location.
You will be unplugging computers and other electronics. This means lots of cables that look a like. Roll them up, place them in separate ziplock bags, and label them with a Sharpie. This may sound like overkill, but you don’t want to be that person running around like a headless chicken, saying: “I swear I packed that cable!” Or wandering what a cookie cutter cord is for.
Protect your electronics and equipment:
We all remember floods, and move stuff to higher furniture or shelves. But if the ceiling leaks, a window breaks during a storm, or a pipe bursts, you’re going to have water everywhere. So cover everything with plastic and seal openings with duct tape. If you have a business truck, ensure its safety by parking it in a garage.
Train your employees:
Draft a detailed course of action and inform everyone working in your office about it. Remind them at staff meetings if there’s a storm watch. Reinforce it in writing via email and by posting the plan in a break room or equally visible space.
Communicate with your clients and customers:
Common sense and basic human decency dictate that right after a hurricane, people will understand if your business is closed for a couple of days. However, it’s always helpful to know beforehand what to expect. Send mass emails, announcements on social media, and record a voicemail greeting letting people know your contingency plan and your expected date of return.
Be mindful of your employees:
Don’t leave them working until the 11th hour the day before the storm. They have to protect their homes and families too. Besides, if you’re accommodating of them during a time of difficulty, they will be more likely to stay with your business for the long term.
If you remain doubtful as to the best course of action to take regarding your business security, contact us at Source 1 Solutions. We’ll asses your needs and come up with individualized viable solutions. But don’t wait until the next hurricane watch to get ready. In the words of John F. Kennedy, the best time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.