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HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS FOR BUSINESS

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HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS FOR BUSINESS

Hurricane season officially starts June 1 and 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 re-open 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
  • 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, sandbag doors, and 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 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 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

BOOKMARK

DOWNLOAD

REGISTER

  • CodeRED – register to be notified by your local emergency response team in the event of emergency situations or critical community alerts.

FOLLOW

CONTACT

  • Citizens Information Center (activated only during disasters) – Retain this phone number, 1-866-345-0345, for shelter information, sand bag locations, and other disaster updates; Telecommunication Device for the Deaf 386-248-1792

Read the Economic Scene

Helga van Eckert
Economic Development Director
hvaneckert@volusia.org

Brad Harris
Business Manager
rbharris@volusia.org

Katrina Friel
Business Specialist
kfriel@volusia.org

Heather Edwards
Information Specialist
hedwards@volusia.org

Robbin Sebra
Staff Assistant
rsebra@volusia.org

Offices located in the Daytona Beach International Airport (passenger terminal)
700 Catalina Drive, Suite 200
Daytona Beach, Florida 32114
386-248-8048 · 800-554-3801