Preparing Your Business for Hurricane Season

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The memory of Hurricane María is still fresh in our minds, and it’s no wonder; considering the challenges we’ve all had to face during the storm and in the aftermath. Puerto Rico is working towards its recovery slowly, but surely, and we should make sure to implement the valuable lessons this experience taught us, such as making sure that our business is well protected for this upcoming hurricane season.

 

It’s always best to start planning early, but keep in mind that it’s never too late. If you haven’t yet, use the following information as a reference checklist to secure and prepare your business.

 

  • Protect the property
    • Make sure your storm shutters are correctly installed in windows and doors.
    • Make sure your physical buildings and structures are ready for hurricane season.
    • Remove any trees, branches, or debris in your premises.
    • Sandbag floodable areas
    • Anchor and brace large furniture to the wall.
    • Secure all electronics and raise them off the floor to avoid water damage.
    • In case there is a hurricane warning, shut off all the utilities, if possible.

 

  • Protect important documents and information
    • Save your important contacts (people who are crucial to business operations) in a safe place.
    • Back-up any documents that are not easily produced, such as insurance documents, legal contracts, tax returns, and accounting statements, and seal all print documents in waterproof containers.

 

  • Keep your place of business prepared: Keep the items below secured in a single location at your place of business in case there is personnel on-site when the storm hits.
    • Battery operated radio or television
    • Supply of non-perishable food and water for three days for all your personnel (1 gallon of water /person /day).
    • Blankets, pillows, cots, and chairs
    • First aid kit and manual
    • Tool kit, including flashlights, batteries, candles and/or light sticks
    • Whistle/signal flare to signal for help
    • Tarps, plastic bags, duct tape, fire extinguishers
    • Gas for vehicles, generators, and other equipment

 

Aside from these measures, it may be of benefit to start considering investing in alternative power sources —such as solar panels or wind energy supply system— and stronger telecommunications infrastructure —such as backup servers or fiber optics networks.

 

At CEFI, we are ready and willing to support our clients in investments like these, helping them survive and thrive in times of hardship. Let’s talk about how we can help your business be ready for the oncoming storm season. Call us at (787) 302-2334 or send us an email to info@cefipr.com.

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