Preparation Matters For Businesses Dealing With Hurricanes
|By Doreen Hemlock, Sun Sentinel|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Employees often fail to return to work after severe storms because they worry about leaving their families without electricity or other basics. But Tropical tends to those needs at the job site, as best as it can.
"With all the storms in the
Programs to help workers' families were among tips shared Tuesday in
Speakers also offered this advice to businesses before the
Insurance check: Make sure you have the insurance you think you have. Read your policies. You don't want to find out after a storm that you didn't have business interruption or flood coverage, said
Documentation: Video or photograph everything, so if there are damages you have documentation for your insurer. Keep that documentation safe, perhaps remotely in the Internet cloud, Winans said.
Employee notification system: Develop a plan to contact employees.
Relocation plan:, Keep a back-up plan to operate in case the workplace is damaged. That might include ways for employees to work from home, a pre-established relationship with an office park to use space if needed, or a travel contingency to move key employees to a company office outside
Relationships set: Have key relationships set and ready to mobilize after a disaster, including a restoration contractor. Building companies and others will be swamped with requests after a storm, and you want to be a priority. Big companies also may want to ask their insurance agent to assign a dedicated insurance claims adjuster for your account before a storm hits, said Winans.
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