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Prepare Your Staff For Weather Emergencies | SERVPRO of Hattiesburg

6/16/2023 (Permalink)

Business man holding an umbrella and briefcase with a dark thunderstorm behind him. Storm damage can bring your business to a halt. Call SERVPRO of Hattiesburg to get your business back in action.

It’s your job as a business owner to ensure that your staff are ready to respond to a variety of scenarios. If they are properly trained, they can react appropriately and quickly to keep themselves and your customers safe in an emergency.

Extreme weather is a type of situation that can appear quickly and cause destruction in a short amount of time, so having your staff ready is vital! Use our tips below to ensure that your staff is prepared to weather any storm safely and efficiently.

Understanding the Risk

Understanding the weather threats for our area is a great first step toward being prepared. We see a wide variety of severe weather in south central Mississippi. Winds over 70 miles per hour, hail and tornadoes are all common occurrences when the spring and summer storms roll through. Because of that, having a safe shelter location for your business is crucial.

You should also take the time to understand your flood risk for your specific business. Flood zones are different across the region and can affect one business while leaving another one completely dry. Stay current on weather forecasts and make plans early!

Your Communication Strategy

Communicating with one another has never been easier! Be sure you have the contact information for everyone on your staff, and stay connected as weather alerts or forecasts come together.

When a potential weather situation arises, a quick text or mass email can help spread information about safe shelter locations, emergency exits or where your emergency supplies are located.

Planning Your Evacuation Routes

You never know what a specific weather situation will entail. If you decide that a safe and efficient evacuation is needed, everyone on your team should be able to exit smoothly. Take the time to show your employees all of the evacuation routes and emergency exits, and label them clearly so they are easy to see in a hurry.

On the other spectrum, staying put might be your best bet to ensure your staff’s safety. In this case, communicating where your safe shelter location is ahead of time and prepping this space with food, water and emergency supplies is a great preemptive measure.

In order to keep everyone calm during this process, they need to be confident! Practice your evacuation routes or sheltering in place a few times each year and your team will be ready for anything.

Don’t let extreme weather take control! If storms strike your business, SERVPRO can help you restore your losses.

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