Are you truly ready for a hurricane?
Find out with our quick assessment.
A good hurricane plan needs to strike a balance between pre-storm response and post-storm recovery efforts. In our experience, most plans lean heavy on the response side with too few steps for actually resuming operations.
To get a better idea of where your plan falls, we encourage you to complete our 5-minute questionnaire covering communications, technology, operations, insurance, and other key areas. You’ll receive a report of the results, which can be used as a starting point for developing or improving your plan. Plus, we provide a complimentary review of the results to provide specific actions you can take to improve your readiness for hurricane season.
We also offer the following tips for starting your hurricane plan. An Atlantic professional is ready to help when you need further guidance. Please email or call us at 843-879-5028.
10 Essential Components of a Hurricane Business Plan
1. EMPLOYEES: Get everyone’s emergency contact info, local and out-of-state, and ask each employee where they plan to go during an evacuation. Develop Re-Entry Passes for critical employees and register with County Emergency Management. Help employees start planning for their families and homes.
2. CUSTOMERS: Ask them about their expectations from your business before, during, and after a hurricane so you can address these issues and plan to meet their needs.
3. GO KITS: Ask all employees to mark the items in their offices that are critical to performing their job duties, so others can pack up these items if they are not present during an evacuation.
4. POLICIES: Determine how you will pay employees during office closures due to storms (PTO, sick, vacation, or special “emergency” pay?).
5. BUILDING: Identify who is responsible for securing and boarding up your building and when the building will be shut down and re-opened following an evacuation.
6. INSURANCE: Make sure your current policy covers flood damage to your contents, has business income and additional expense coverage, and covers the current replacement value of your assets.
7. ALTERNATE SITE: Identify an alternate location to conduct business if you can’t return to your primary location, and make sure your employees are willing and able to work from that alternate location.
8. OPERATIONS: Document a detailed recovery plan for your operations to be conducted at an alternate site with limited staff and resources. Make sure the most critical operational functions are prioritized in the order of recovery.
9. TECHNOLOGY: Determine how phone calls will be forwarded, how emails will be received, and how important files and systems will be accessed remotely during an evacuation and long-term recovery at another location.
10. SUPPLIERS: Talk to your critical vendors and suppliers and assess their hurricane plan and ability to serve you following a hurricane. Identify alternate vendors where necessary to provide depth within your supply chain.