When a hurricane threatens, follow these last-minute steps to reduce damage to your business.
1. When a hurricane watch is issued, put your Business Continuity Plan into action
- Begin last-minute preparations. Note that employees may need time to prep their home as well.
2. Install your hurricane shutters
- Plywood should only be used as a last resort. If you’re forced to use plywood, be sure it’s at least ¾ inch thick.
3. Close rollup, garage, and overhead doors ALL THE WAY
- If your door is not a wind-rated door, there are ways to reinforce it temporarily with a brace.
4. Secure outdoor equipment, signage, inventory, and loose items
- Unsecured objects like pallets, materials, tables, chairs, and signs can become flying debris, causing damage to your building or surrounding businesses.
5. Check your drainage again
- Ensure all outdoor drains are clear and free of debris.