This article is dedicated to our McDonald’s clients and friends who live in hurricane prone communities and want to take actions to reduce the effects of these devastating storms. The information in this article can be used to save lives and protect your business.
Prepare Your Business
Businesses have a critical role in preparedness. Putting a disaster plan in motion now will improve the likelihood that your company will survive and recover. Ready Business outlines commonsense measures business owners and managers can take to start getting ready.
Plan To Stay In Business
Business continuity planning must account for all hazards (both man-made and natural disasters). You should plan in advance to manage any emergency situation. Assess the situation, use common sense and available resources to take care of yourself, your co-workers and your business’s recovery.
- Emergency Planning
Your employees and co-workers are your business’s most important and valuable asset.
- Medical Emergencies
Take steps that give you the upper hand in responding to medical emergencies.
For more information on business continuity, see these additional documents from FEMA. The National Continuity Program can be reached at FEMA-STTLContinuity@dhs.gov or by phone, at 1-202-646-4145.
Plan to Protect Property
Hurricanes cause heavy rains that can cause extensive flood damage in coastal and inland areas. Everyone is at risk and should consider flood insurance protection. Flood insurance is the only way to financially protect your property or business from flood damage. To learn more about your flooding risk and how to protect yourself and your business, visit the NFIP Web site, www.floodsmart.gov or call 1-800-427-2419.
FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) has developed a training program to encourage community hurricane preparedness. This computer-based course provides basic information about dealing with tropical cyclones and hurricanes. Visit www.training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/is324a.asp and select the ‘take this course’ option at the top of the right hand column to take the interactive web-based course.
Federal and National Resources
Find additional information on how to plan and prepare for a hurricane by visiting the following resources:
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
- NOAA Hurricane Center
- American Red Cross
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control
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