Hurricane Preparedness for Business
Volusia County Economic Development
May 23, 2022
Hurricane season officially starts June 1. Planning ahead for a disaster can save business owners thousands of dollars in lost revenue due to structural damage, content damage, interruption of operations and employee displacement.
Did you know that 40% of businesses never reopen their doors post-disaster? We encourage all business owners to prepare their business for the season with the Volusia Prepares Business program checklist.
Plan and Prepare Your Business
Protect and prepare your business with a Business Disaster Continuity Plan
- Review property insurance to determine if you have adequate hazard, flood, wind and business interruption insurance.
- Video and photo document your property, vehicles and inventory before and after the disaster to assist with verifying insurance and tax credit claims.
- Determine what emergency equipment and supplies are needed to protect and repair your business.
- Establish plans to protect computers and backup your files. Store backup files in an alternate location.
- Assemble insurance policies, financial records, inventories and other important documents. Make duplicates and store in alternate safe places.
- Move files and equipment to higher elevations.
- Shutter windows and sandbag doors. Cover sensitive equipment.
- Have a generator ready as a backup until power is restored.
- Encourage your employees to create a family emergency plan – the sooner they take care of their personal preparations, the quicker they can help prepare your business.
- Create a Crisis Communication Plan to communicate with customers, suppliers and employees.
- Develop an employee alert roster to notify employees during nonworking hours about the status of business operations.
- Protect employees and only schedule essential personnel during the storm.
- Arrange alternate payroll methods for your employees with your banking institution after the disaster.
- Retain a list of emergency support phone numbers for various needs and distribute it to your employees.
- Know the community’s evacuation plan and evacuation routes.
- Update your plan quarterly and be sure all existing employees and new hires understand the plan.
Bookmark, Download, Register, Follow & Contact
- Volusia County PIN Network – Public information officers collaborate and coordinate public information before, during and after disasters.
- FloridaDisaster.biz – This site was developed to provide businesses, small and large, easy access to critical information before, during and after a disaster.
- National Weather Service Melbourne – Visit this site for current local weather information.
Volusia County Emergency Management App – This helpful app contains advanced features that can keep Volusia County residents prepared and informed about any emergency at hand.
CodeRED – Register to be notified by your local emergency response team in the event of emergency situations or critical community alerts.
- Citizens Information Center (activated only during disasters) – Retain this phone number, 866-345-0345, for shelter information, sandbag locations and other disaster updates. The number for the Telecommunication Device for the Deaf is 386-248-1792.