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Are You Ready for the 2019 Hurricane Season?
Posted 4/29/2019
 
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 The National Weather Service (NWS) recently issued the hurricane outlook for 2019. Hurricane season begins June 1 and ends November 30. Based on their prediction we may see as many as 18 storms this season. It is no surprise that the NWS hurricane outlook can put many businesses on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts on high alert. Self storage facilities are no exception. They face potential loss through physical damage to brick and mortar businesses and they face loss from the storms' impact on the day-to-day and long-term operations. Preparing your business for a devastating weather event is critical. Having advanced planning meetings with your staff that outline individual roles and responsibilities will minimize the negative effects that a storm can have on your business.

The Calm Before the Storm

In advance of a storm’s arrival consider the impact it can have on your organization. Create a business continuity plan or make sure the existing plan is updated and ready to be executed. Train your employees on all the key elements of the plan. For example, the plan should outline what to do if a power outage occurs and include a process for notifying customers. It should also include emergency shutdown and startup processes and procedures and are reviewed regularly with staff. Most importantly, make sure safety kits are in working order and accessible to anyone who may need them.

During the Storm

Dedicate a point person to monitor severe weather alerts. Once the storm hits use technology as a notification tool for employees as well as customers. Communicate the status of your facility and operations as soon as possible on your company website. Facebook, email alerts and texting notifications can also be used to quickly and safely share real-time updates with the masses.

After the Storm

Keep your facility off limits to employees and customers until the storm damage is surveyed and thoroughly completed. The site should remain closed and safely secured while damage is repaired. It is preferable to do this as soon as possible. A potential severe weather outbreak in your area can cause worry. These tips can offer relief and help get you through the hurricane season with flying colors.

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