September 15, 2017
After witnessing the terrible flooding and damage caused by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, MaintenX International wants to help local business owners and retailers take steps to stop storms from wreaking havoc on their stores. The Tampa-based facilities repair company is asking important hurricane preparation questions to ensure your facility can withstand any inclement weather.
“As a business owner, you want to make sure your company’s storm preparation is complete before a major threat hits the radar,” said Bill Schaphorst, VP of Business Development at MaintenX International. “By preparing your facility ahead of time, you can not only minimize property damage, but also focus on everyone’s safety in the threat of a storm.”
MaintenX International has been helping Tampa companies with storm preparation for more than 30 years. Below are a few questions to ask yourself to make sure your facility is prepared:
1. Who is your disaster preparation team?
Before a major storm strikes, it’s important to have a disaster preparation team help your business develop a hurricane recovery procedure to ensure you know what to do in the event of a crisis. If you don’t already have an emergency team in place, you should identify a provider of around-the-clock services, such as boarding up your facility, sandbag placement and flood prevention.
2. Does your company have protective shutters on your windows?
In order to protect your company’s windows from high winds, install protective shutters for an additional layer of defense. These hurricane shutters are an economical solution for business owners to protect their buildings from windborne debris as well. It’s important to plan ahead for this added protection because the necessary equipment and providers can be overloaded prior to a dangerous storm.
3. Do you have an emergency plan in place?
Every company should have a comprehensive emergency plan in place to deal with potential hurricane threats. Make sure all employees and staff members are well-trained on the proper protocols listed in the plan. This should include procedures for turning off electricity, preserving refrigerated foods and any emergency contact numbers necessary. If your business already has an action plan in place, it’s still important to review it before…