Preparation Tips for Hurricane Irma
Know your evacuation plan
As Hurricane Irma poses a serious threat to Florida and parts of the Southeast beginning this weekend, many areas have started evacuations and States of Emergency have been issued. It is important to know which evacuation zone you are in and the evacuation route.
Here are some additional tips to help with your evacuation plans
- Know where you are going
- Fill your gas tank and leave early
- Staying in a hotel? Be sure to make reservations! Also make sure pets can stay with you or someplace safe
- Have a communication plan to keep family and friends informed
Communication with employees
- Be sure to communicate with your employees what the company policies are for returning to work, how they will be notified, and how you can support them from a corporate level after the storm.
- Know your employees evacuation plans and have accurate contact information
- Discuss the possibility of setting up an emergency hotline or another way that your employees can get information on how they can utilize any services or support you may be able to provide to them.
Have supplies ready!
Put together a go-bag: disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, and copies of your critical information. Also make sure you have water and non-perishable food.
Don’t forget your important documents and paperwork
Having your homeowners, corporate insurance and car insurance paperwork or electronic copies of these policies can be critical after the storm has passed. Creating a detailed list of your home and business contents along with pictures. These documents may help expedite the insurance process if you have to file a claim for damages caused by the storm. It is also worth noting that you may need your license and homeowner's paperwork to re-enter your business or residence after the storm.
Preparing your home for the storm
- Use plywood or storm shutters to reinforce windows, doors and garage doors
- Secure and clear of obstruction from gutters and downspouts
- Trim or remove any tree branches near your home
- Move items to a second story or stack belongings on counter tops
- Bring in all loose items that could blow around during the storm
- Shut off the power to your house.
Preparing your business for the storm
Flying debris and uplift pressure can cause damage to your roof during a severe storm.
- Inspect and clean the drains and scuppers to allow proper water flow
- Remove or tie down loose items that can blow off your roof
- Check and secure HVAC units and mechanical equipment
- Use plywood to cover and secure skylights all roof access points
- Inspect all metal drip edges, copings, and wall flashing to prevent wind uplift
- Take photos of the current roof condition in case it becomes damaged during the storm
We hope these tips will be beneficial as you prepare for the storm. Please stay safe!