Proper preparation can help reduce the damage – both physical and financial – in the aftermath of a major storm.
TAMPA, Fla. (PRWEB) May 09, 2018
Researchers are predicting above-average activity for the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season, which begins June 1. However, that doesn’t mean storms will wait until June to arrive. MaintenX International, one of the largest national facility maintenance and repair companies, wants facility managers to create disaster preparedness plans well in advance of a hurricane coming on land.
MaintenX’s Disaster Planning Guide can help facility leaders think through key steps and prepare critical emergency resources. Proper preparation can help reduce the damage – both physical and financial – in the aftermath of a major storm.
“It always feels like there will be enough time to prepare before the hurricane season,” said Bill Schaphorst, Vice President of Business Development for MaintenX. “But the best time to prepare is now. Don’t put your business or your employees in danger by delaying.”
MaintenX has over 35 years of experience in helping facility managers prepare and recover from disasters, particularly the damaging effects of hurricanes. Here are their tips to help your business prepare:
1. Prep and Plan
Disasters, like hurricanes, can create a disruption to your business, but having an effective Disaster Preparation Plan can help you recover more easily. By creating a plan in advance, facility managers can reduce the amount of time and thought that is needed to swiftly execute a plan when a crisis occurs. Planning ahead helps employees better understand what will happen in case of an emergency and gives them time to collect important supplies or provide proper training now.
2. Get Creative
Think through the potential damages a hurricane could cause to your business. If the power goes out, how will the lights stay on? Who will board up windows or lay sandbags along doors? How will employees or customers get to your business if roads are flooded? After considering potential dangers, work to mitigate them. This is the time to make sure your building is up to code, that your facility had adequate protection from storm debris and that you’ve planned for how you will secure your facility, inside and out.
3. Reach Out
After a major storm, a lot of businesses will be in need of repairs. As part of a Disaster Preparation Plan, it’s wise to know what types of repair companies you may need. Roofs, fences, windows and landscaping may all be damaged in a storm, so having numbers and contacts saved allows you to call for help as soon as you need it.
4. Update Your Plan
If this is the first time your business has created a plan, take notes throughout the hurricane season as to ways you can improve processes or increase safety. If your business has planned before, make sure to use the experiences from past years to make your plan even stronger. Be sure to make updates as soon as possible to ensure the company is prepared.
For more information about MaintenX, visit http://www.maintenx.com.
ABOUT MAINTENX INTERNATIONAL:
MaintenX International is a fully-licensed, facilities repair company. They are one of the largest national self-performing facility maintenance and repair companies in the U.S. MaintenX has created a network of knowledgeable and professional technicians throughout the country. With their team of well-trained technicians, MaintenX self-performs and manages facility maintenance for clients. In the event there is not a MaintenX technician in the area, the company has fostered a network of preferred vendor partners throughout the country to provide superior service for their clients. For more than 35 years, MaintenX has been expertly serving multi-location retail stores, restaurant chains, and Fortune 500 companies nationwide.