Prepare Your Property For Severe Weather
Save time and money with our five severe weather emergency tips, ideal for hospitals, schools, college campuses, hotels, motels, office buildings, malls and more. Severe weather events like tropical storms, hurricanes, winter storms, blizzards, flooding, wildfires, tornadoes and even man-made disasters can and will happen. Be aware and prepare for a potential weather crisis. Follow this severe weather preparedness guide and ensure the safety of the people who depend on you.
Tip 1: Conduct a Risk Assessment
Conduct a risk assessment to identify potential hazards and analyze what could happen if an emergency occurs. An understanding of possible types of severe weather and their probability will enable you to determine resources needed and to develop plans and procedures to prepare your facility.
Tip 2: Create an Emergency Preparedness List
Download and use our Severe Weather Prep Checklist, designed to help manage equipment and product inventory needed to keep your facility prepared for an emergency, and to help with cleanup and recovery following an emergency. Once your list is finalized, utilize our emergency resource categories below to stock up.
Tip 3: Prepare Your Property
Severe weather preparation can help protect your property and people. Create a list of areas in and around your facility to inspect and prepare as severe weather approaches, including:
- Windows and doors
- Roof flashing, storm drains and gutters
- Exterior signs, storage, tanks and waste containers
- Mechanical equipment, antennas and satellite dishes on rooftops
- Emergency lighting and alarms
Tip 4: Know Your Resources
Government organizations, such as The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), are available to assist you in preparing and recovering effectively. Check out their emergency preparation resources, including tool kits, weather alerts and more at Ready.gov.
Tip 5: Develop a Recovery Plan
Get back to normal with a plan that includes continuity steps for your business following a severe weather emergency. Ensure employees are aware of the plan and have a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities during recovery.