The most important thing you can do for your business in the aftermath of a hurricane is stay safe. Flooding, downed trees, and other damage mean you should keep yourself, your family, and your employees as far away from affected areas as possible until authorities give the OK to return to your homes and businesses.
Ideally, hurricane preparedness for businesses should start months ahead of time, long before hurricane season even arrives. For business-critical employees, it is important that you have access to alternate workplace facilities, ideally one that you have contracted for ahead of time in preparation for this type of situation.
But there are several things every business can do even if you haven’t fully prepared for the worst-case scenario.
If your business was in the direct path of a hurricane, you can expect prolonged power outages, flooding, and destruction of property from high winds, tree strikes and other debris. Here are several steps you can take toward recovery:
Once you’ve returned to business as usual, it’s helpful to take stock of how your DR plan played out. Did you hit your recovery point and recovery time objectives? Did everything work as you expected?
Revisiting your DR plan is a great way to start to planning for the next hurricane or any disaster that can take your business down.
It’s no coincidence that September is National Preparedness month. Smack in the busiest part of hurricane season, it’s when preparedness is top of mind.
No matter what level of damage your business sustained in a hurricane, you can resolve in its aftermath to be better prepared for the next disaster, whether it’s a storm, a cyber attack, or another devastating and unexpected event.