Severe Weather Preparedness Guide

Be Prepared for Severe Weather

Severe weather events like tropical storms, hurricanes, winter storms, blizzards, floods, wildfires, tornadoes and even man-made disasters can and will happen. Follow this severe weather preparedness guide to prepare for a potential weather crisis and ensure the safety of the people who depend on you.

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Tip 1: Conduct a Risk Assessment

Conduct a risk assessment to identify potential hazards and analyze what could happen during a severe weather emergency. Having an understanding of types of severe weather and their probability enables you to stock the necessary resources and develop preparedness plans and procedures.

Tip 2: Create an Emergency Preparedness List

Download and use our Severe Weather Prep Checklist.This checklist helps manage the equipment and product inventory you need to keep your business prepared for an emergency, and helps with cleanup and recovery following an emergency. Once your list is finalized, utilize our emergency resource categories below to stock up.

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Tip 3: Prepare Your Property

Severe weather preparation can help protect property and people. Create a list of areas for inspection and preparation before severe weather approaches, including:

  • Windows and doors
  • Roof flashing, storm drains and gutters
  • Exterior signs, storage, tanks and waste containers
  • Rooftop mechanical equipment, antennas and satellite dishes
  • Emergency lighting and alarms

Tip 4: Know Your Resources

Government organizations, such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), can assist you in preparing and recovering effectively. Check out their emergency preparation resources, including toolkits and weather alerts, at Ready.gov.

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Tip 5: Develop a Recovery Plan

Get back to normal after a severe weather emergency with a plan that includes continuity steps for your business. Ensure employees are aware of the plan and have a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities during recovery.

Be Prepared for Severe Weather

Be Prepared for Severe Weather

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