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How to Protect Your Business from Storm-Related Disruptions

1/17/2024 (Permalink)

Drying equipment on wood floors. After a storm has hit, swift action is necessary to prevent further damage.

Storms don't just disrupt the tranquility of our homes; they disrupt our businesses as well. Protecting your business against storm-related disruptions is crucial to ensure minimal downtime and protect your livelihood. At SERVPRO of Stone Oak, we're not just your go-to specialists for storm damage cleanup and restoration – we're also committed to providing you with preventive measures. Here's how you can protect your business from storm-related disruptions.

1. Establish an Emergency Plan

By developing an emergency response plan, you can ensure that your business operations can continue amid disruptions. This plan should include emergency contact numbers, evacuation routes, and business continuity procedures.

2. Secure and Backup Important Data

Digitize and back up all essential documents and data using a cloud service. This safeguard ensures that critical information isn't lost in the event of water damage or power outages.

3. Inspect Your Building Regularly

Regular property inspections, especially before the storm season arrives, can protect your building from potentially catastrophic damage. Heed particular attention to your roof, drainage systems, and exterior sealants.

4. Invest in a Commercial-Sized Generator

Persistent power outages can significantly impact your business. A generator will keep critical systems operational and prevent data loss during power outages.

5. Protect Your Assets

Safeguard valuable equipment and inventory by moving them to higher, protected areas of the building if flood risk is high. Additionally, invest in quality insurance that covers storm-related damage.

6. Maintain Clear Communication

Ensure your employees are well informed about the emergency protocol. Maintaining clear channels of communication can lead to efficient evacuation or safe shelter during a storm.

7. Install Surge Protectors

Lightning strikes during storms can cause power surges, potentially damaging vital electronics. Surge protectors can safeguard your computers, point-of-sale systems, and other critical electronic devices.

8. Hire Professional Cleanup Services

After a storm has hit, swift action is necessary to prevent further damage. Professional cleanup and restoration companies like SERVPRO of Stone Oak can mitigate damage, handle insurance claims, and get your business up and running as quickly as possible.

Taking these preemptive measures can significantly reduce downtime and protect your business during stormy weather. However, no amount of planning can make your business completely invincible to severe weather. If storm damage occurs, call on our SERVPRO® team for speedy cleanup and restoration – we work to make it "Like it never even happened."

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