Is your business ready for unpredictable weather? If you had to think about it, then probably not. A business that’s storm ready knows what bad weather brings, the destruction it leaves, and what’s required to prepare.
Here are some tips to weather even the toughest of storms:
The first step in making your business storm ready is to anticipate that bad weather is bound to arrive. Once the threat is an established possibility, you can make the transition from a reactive business to a prepared one. After all, it’s always those who leave the preparations for the last minute that take the longest to recover. That’s why there’s no substitute for a full mitigation plan in place. A good plan is one that covers both long-term and short-term responses for before and after the storm occurs.
Your long-term preparations should ideally be directed at the biggest risks that come with bad storms: power loss, flooding, and physical damage to your business. And, although hurricanes aren’t extremely common here in Hawaii, it’s worth it to have a protection plan for those as well.
Bad storms can sometimes knock out your power. Even if it’s only down for a small amount of time, it can negatively impact your business. This is especially true for those in the restaurant industry who rely on power to keep their food supply fresh. Additionally, if you keep important data and files on your computer systems, power loss could be detrimental.
To alleviate this risk, invest in big data storage (i.e. cloud storage) to secure your most important files. Make sure to migrate your paper files into digital formats, as well, so that you can back up in the cloud. That way, you won’t have to worry about losing your most important documents in the event of flooding. It is also important to invest in backup power generators.
Floods are some of the most destructive and disastrous consequences that come with horrible storms. It is of utmost importance that you protect your business against floods in every way. Aside from keeping multiple and digital copies of your most important documents, your building and equipment could use some protection as well. In the past, it was enough to simply look into past patterns or ask local zoning and disaster agencies to know if your business is in a flood-prone area. However, storms can be extremely unpredictable. It is safest to simply assume that your location is, to some degree, at risk for flooding. Your long-term mitigation measures should include:
Bad storm winds can do harmful damage to your business. Make sure to invest in proper insurance to cover any damage caused by bad weather.
Dust-Tex is your premier source for high-quality linens and uniforms for a variety of industries in Honolulu. We’ve been in the industry for decades and have seen just about everything mother nature can deliver.
We pride ourselves on reliability. Harsh weather conditions can’t stop us from delivering your business the products and services it needs to function smoothly. We are a friendly face in the community, always available to help you in both rain and shine.
Bad weather is inevitable and preparing for the worst is necessary to prevent costly losses. It’s always helpful to have a partner who understands and is always here to help no matter what. For more information, contact Dust-Tex today at (808) 842-4811.