Eight best practice tips for hurricane preparedness

Published: Tuesday, 12 July 2022 08:34

International SOS has issued a checklist of actions that businesses in at-risk areas should take to prepare for 2022’s hurricanes. The company says that when assessing these plans, current supply chain disruptions should be taken into consideration.

“We can expect supply chain disruptions will have a large impact on the availability of materials needed [for hurricane preparedness] , and the costs of materials such as wood, gas, and general products will be higher than usual,” said Josh Dozor, General Manager, Medical & Security Assistance Services, Americas, International SOS.

Managers with operations in at-risk areas should ensure they have comprehensive procedures in place to guarantee business continuity, factoring in the potential need for evacuation or relocation of the workforce.

Below are the eight best practice tips for hurricane preparedness:

  1. Identify locations and facilities based on the probabilities of hurricane impact using historical geographic data.
  2. Educate your workforce on the necessary supplies required for hurricane shelter-in-place or evacuation, to include food, water, personal protective equipment (PPE), sanitizers and disinfectants
  3. Be prepared to suspend operations at, and travel to, at-risk locations for periods of a week or more.
  4. Assess evacuation options, to include shelter and transport. Where evacuation options are limited, identify shelter-in-place plans.
  5. Establish appropriate thresholds for determining when to evacuate or relocate personnel and have a clear structure in place to communicate these measures throughout your organization.
  6. Account for access disruption, to include enabling employees to have the capability and equipment to work remotely/from home. Anticipate potential disruption to power and communications.
  7. Develop pre-scripted messages and test means of mass notification to ensure functionality of messaging prior to an emergency.
  8. Consider a table-top exercise to test your organization's incident management or business continuity plan and identify any areas for improvement.

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