After the Storm

June 29, 2015 12:00 pm

You’ve prepared for the hurricane by having your Emergency Communication Plan in place, you’ve secured loose objects, turned off natural gas and updated your first aid kit. Once you are sure the storm has passed, you can begin to assess the damage. The Small Business Administration gives us the following checklist for when the storm is over”

Survey for safety hazards such as live wires, leaking gas or flammable liquids, poisonous gases, and damage to foundations or underground piping.

Call in key personnel and notify contractors to start repairs. Make sure safety systems are fully implemented before work is allowed to begin. This means controlling smoking and other open flame sources. Require contractors to share responsibility for establishing fire‐safe conditions before and during the job.

Begin salvage as soon as possible to prevent further damage:

Cover broken windows and torn roof coverings immediately

Separate damaged goods, but beware of accumulating too much combustible debris

inside a building

Clean roof drains and remove debris from roof to prevent drainage problems.

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Warnings & Watches

June 28, 2015 12:00 pm

If a storm is approaching, it is a good idea to be educated about what you’re seeing and hearing on the news. Here are some critical definitions from the National Hurricane Center’s website:

Tropical Storm Watch

An announcement that tropical-storm conditions are possible within the specified area.

Tropical Storm Warning

An announcement that tropical-storm conditions are expected within the specified area.

Hurricane Watch

An announcement that hurricane conditions are possible within the specified area. Because outside preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, watches are issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.

During a watch, prepare your home and review your plan for evacuation in case a Hurricane or Tropical Storm Warning is issued. Listen closely to instructions from local officials.

Hurricane Warning

An announcement that hurricane conditions are expected within the specified area.

Because outside preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, warnings are issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.

During a warning, complete storm preparations and immediately leave the threatened area if directed by local officials.

Extreme Wind Warning

Extreme sustained winds of a major hurricane (115 mph or greater), usually associated with the eyewall, are expected to begin within an hour. Take immediate shelter in the interior portion of a well-built structure.

If you find yourself in a storm, safety first!! When the weather subsides, then and only then should you check your property and equipment to assess the damage. For help with your disaster recovery, call RestoreCore immediately.

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Emergency Communication Plan

June 27, 2015 12:00 pm

If a disaster such as a hurricane does hit, you need to be ready. What steps will you take to ensure your family, your employees, your property, your customers/consumers/tenants are safe? We went to The Small Business Administration’s website to help with advice on what information you need to collect now so that your Emergency Communication Plan is sure to work later:

Determine roles and responsibilities

Who is on the top of your chain of command? Who is your back-up? Be sure to outline roles and responsibilities for everyone on your list.

Determine who you’ll communicate with

This could include employees and their family members, clients, customers or tenants, emergency agencies, suppliers, contractors and utility companies.

Decide when you’ll active plan

At what point do you begin your Emergecny Communication plan? Is it based on the severity of the storm? The length of power outages or interruptions to daily operations?

Determine, Document & Publicize an Emergency Communications Plan

Have a phone/email tree that includes your employees and family members. Instill a website, phone or voicemail emergency messaging system. Plan to have multiple forms of communications (text, email, voicemail, etc.) to better ensure all your targets are receiving the information. Print hardcopies of your Emergency Communication Plan as well as send digital copies via email.

Review your plan often and make sure it is up to date.

RestoreCore will be there if a disaster strikes, but the more planning you do ahead of time, the less the collateral damage. Read on to our next week’s blog to find out what you need to know about Hurricane Warnings and Watches.

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