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
- Volusia County PIN Network - works to ensure public information officers collaborate and coordinate public information before, during and after disasters.
- FloridaDisaster.biz - developed to provide businesses, small and large, easy access to critical information before, during and after a disaster.
- National Weather Service Melbourne - for current local weather information
- Volusia County Emergency Management App - contains advanced features that strive to help keep the citizens of Volusia County 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, 1-866-345-0345, for shelter information, sand bag locations, and other disaster updates; Telecommunication Device for the Deaf 386-248-1792
Volusia County Economic Development Quarterly
Second Quarter 2021
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