Preparing Your Business for a Winter Disaster
As the well-known catch phrase from the popular HBO series “Game of Thrones” warns, “Winter is coming.” Now is the time to start preparing your small business for a potential disastrous winter storm season — just in case.
Here are five things your business should do right now to prepare for a winter disaster.
Get Familiar With Your Insurance Policy
Step one is revisiting your insurance coverage. Secure a copy of your policy for your records if you don’t already have one. Keep copies of this information is a separate location – in case you are unable to access your business location.
Inventory Valuable Equipment
It stands to reason that you want to be able to tell your insurance company what you lost in a winter disaster. Pictures of equipment stored on your smartphone are good. Even taking pictures of the outside of your business is a good way to make sure you have images of your building before and after any damage occurs.
Inspect The Property
Check your building and surrounding areas, looking for potential problems, so you can address them now. Are tree limbs overhanging your business that could be dangerous if weighted down with ice and snow? Are walkways and parking areas free and clear of hazards and obstacles that may be unnoticed if covered in snow or standing water?
Protect Against the Cold
Some of the best things you can do to prepare your business for a winter disaster are proactive and physical. Covering or insulating any exposed piping properly will prevent burst pipes and water damage when the thermometer dips.
Have a Contingency Plan
A contingency plan can be elaborate or simple, but you need to have one! Your plan should include such details as where you’d set up a temporary shop after a disaster strikes. Another consideration might be where your employees can work from if a disaster strikes in order to continue operations. Don’t forget to have a backup communication plan for employees.
The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile
Ask your locally owned SERVPRO professional about starting an Emergency Ready Plan for your business or organization. With this no cost assessment, SERVPRO will also provide a concise document with critical information relating to your business and property that can be stored in the cloud, and accessed from anywhere by authorized persons in a time of crisis.