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Get Informed. Get Prepared. Get PrepWise

It’s Never too Early to Prepare Your Business for Winter Weather.
Winter storms can bring freezing rain, ice, snow, high winds, or a combination of these conditions. They can cause power outages that last for days, make roads and walkways very dangerous, and can affect community services. Businesses that stay ahead of the weather also get ahead of the risk exposures, and can greatly reduce their chances of experiencing a business interruption.

Here are the top four areas to focus on preparing your business for winter:

Keep Your Employees Safe:

  • Ensure access to your emergency plan.
  • Know your resources; NOAA, FEMA, Red Cross, Ready.gov.
  • Know where emergency gear, first aid and supplies are stored.

Protect Your Pipes and Avoid Costly Water Damage:

  • Know the location of your water shut-off valves.
  • Check your sprinkler system regularly.
  • Set your thermostat to 55 degrees or above at all times.

Take Care While Driving:

  • Clean all snow and ice off of your windshield, windows, mirrors, lights and reflectors.
  • Increase “following” distance - winter surfaces increase stopping distance 3 to 12 times.
  • Be prepared in case your vehicle breaks down or slides off the road – bring the following items with you: a charged cell phone, a working flashlight, a shovel, an ice scraper, blankets, any critical medications and water/food.

Clear Ice and Snow from Your Roof:

  • Don’t allow ice and snow to accumulate on your roof, windows, and around the foundation.
  • Remove snow accumulations from the roof before the snow reaches 50 percent of the “safe” maximum depth.
  • Remove snow in layers uniformly across the roof to prevent unbalanced loads, which might cause a collapse.
  • Clear snow and ice from storm drains and catch basins.


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