MaintenX Offers 2017 Hurricane Season Lessons Learned

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MaintenX offers tips for surviving the aftermath of a rough hurricane season.

The 2017 hurricane season was alarming and destructive. Homes across the country were damaged beyond repair. Unfortunately, lives were also claimed. Although many of wish to forget the damage of the 2017 hurricane season, MaintenX International believes it’s important to reflect on the lessons learned that can help businesses and individuals stay safe in 2018.

“Our disaster recovery teams have answered calls from Texas to Puerto Rico this hurricane season,” said VP of Business Development Bill Schaphorst. “It’s difficult to see so much damage. I pray that out of all the sadness, we can learn something that could help save one more person, one more home, or one more business."

MaintenX International has been helping businesses recover from destructive storms for more than 30 years. Here are a few of the lessons learned from this hurricane season:

1.    Have a Plan
It's important to update your Disaster Preparedness Plan each year. Your plan should include a recovery phase in case of having to rebuild your business or home. By planning ahead, you can mitigate your risks, establish workplace crisis communications, and set expectations for employees and your business.

2.    Prepare for the Worst
In preparing for a storm, we may underestimate the power and lasting effects of a hurricane. Properly securing your building by sandbagging, boarding windows, and flood prepping interiors can prevent costly damage. The damage that would result from experiencing any category of hurricane-strength winds and rains.

3.    Think Ahead
Not all facility repairs can be completed quickly and may take some time to coordinate and schedule. Make sure that you file any necessary insurance claims as soon as possible after the storm. This includes securing contract services, such as fence or roof repairs.

It is vital to secure your building before hurricane season begins. You can minimize facility repair costs by taking preventative measures. Consider tree-trimming, completing roof repairs, and cleaning out gutters before the season begins. That way if strong storms do occur, you know the structure is as safe as possible.

4.    Help Each Other
Hurricane season can be very stressful for everyone who's affected. If you’re able to lend a helping hand or supplies to a neighboring business in need, please do so. Whether it's boarding up windows before a storm, cleaning debris after the storm has passed, or offering a friendly smile, the sense of community is the most important factor in successfully rebuilding. We are all stronger when we work together.

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MaintenX International is a fully licensed, facilities repair company. As one of the largest national self-performing facility maintenance and repair companies in the U.S., MaintenX has created a wide network of knowledgeable and professional technicians throughout the country. With their team of well-trained technicians, MaintenX self-performs and manages facility maintenance for their clients. In the event there is not a MaintenX technician in an area, the company has established a network of preferred vendor partners throughout the country for continued superior service for their clients. For over 30 years, MaintenX has been expertly serving multi-location retail stores, restaurant chains, and Fortune 500 companies nationwide. MaintenX International is headquartered in Tampa, Florida.

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