Prepare for Tropical Storm Barry
Every day you face critical issues that can disrupt your business, and natural hazards that can wreak havoc on your business. Tropical storms and hurricanes are among nature’s most powerful and destructive phenomena. They can produce violent winds, incredible waves, torrential rains and floods. The time to plan for a disaster is now – not after a loss occurs.
As Tropical Storm Barry tracks towards the United States, be sure to follow these steps to prepare for the storm’s direct impact:
- Consider powering down all equipment and processes.
- Shut off power, gas and water.
- Secure roll-down doors, hinged doors and windows.
- Maintain your policy regarding who is and isn’t allowed to drive a company vehicle.
- Be aware of evacuation routes and flood zones.
- Double check that roof drains are clear. Inspect roof edging strips, gutters, flashing, covering, signs and sign support equipment and consider providing additional temporary protection such as tarping.
- Fill above-ground tanks to capacity with product or water to minimize wind damage.
- Anchor or relocate items that can be moved by high winds such as trailers, lumber or yard storage.
- Fill any emergency generator and fire pump fuel tanks.
Preparing for natural disasters that cause flooding can help safeguard your physical assets, as well as reduce the probability of a serious interruption to business operations. Whether you are an employee or an employer, it is essential to take proactive steps in preparing for unpredictable natural disasters.
Stay up-to-date on Barry’s path and projections with the National Hurricane Center.