Getting Your Team Ready for Severe Weather | SERVPRO of Alamo Heights
Owning a business means you have a lot going on on any given day. You are busy running day-to-day activities while also looking at the big picture, and you do it all with a smile on your face!
It can also be overwhelming to run your own business because you constantly have to be on the lookout for every scenario and have plans in place to deal with emergencies. Extreme weather is one of those emergencies that, if it isn’t planned for, can wreak havoc on your business and create unsafe conditions for your employees.
Read on as our team explains some easy ways to plan and prepare for severe weather situations at your business.
Assessing weather threats looks different all across the country, and here, we need to be careful of strong winds, tornadoes and flash flooding. We can experience these conditions at any time, but the risk is higher in the spring and summer months. Having a plan in place for each of these situations can help your team stay safe.
Understanding your flood risk for your specific business location can help you take precautionary measures before the water starts to slow. Other methods like understanding local weather alerts and understanding the forecast before each work week can help you prepare for the possibilities.
We are all connected in more ways than ever nowadays, so communicating with your team should be a quick way to spread information about potential severe weather situations.
If bad weather is in the forecast, prepare your team ahead of time by sending out your safe shelter location, explaining where supplies are kept, and how to evacuate the building quickly in an emergency.
Your staff’s safety is the No.1 priority during a severe weather emergency, so knowing how to evacuate quickly is crucial. Call a meeting and explain the different evacuation routes, along with where all of the exits are and where they lead. Label them and make sure the signs are easily visible for all members of your staff.
Staying put may also be the best course of action, depending on the situation. Preparing your safe shelter location now is a great way to ensure a smooth transition in an emergency. Pick a location without windows and store food, water and an emergency kit there.
Practice the various different severe weather response strategies with your team so that they can respond quickly and smoothly during a true emergency situation.
Don’t let extreme weather take control! If storms strike your business, SERVPRO can help you restore your losses.