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Hurricane Preparedness for Business Owners: Preparing for a Hurricane

The simple mention of Hurricane season brings anxiousness and fear, not only because the storm itself is deadly; but also because of the hustle and bustle required in preparing for a hurricane that will be a multi-day event impacting every facet of life in unimaginably difficult ways. We at, ServiceMaster Elite, have prepared a step by step guide for you to follow to ensure you are prepared before, during and after a hurricane.

While we hope it never happens, we want you to know your personal safety is our upmost concern and that should it ever be needed, we are prepared to respond following hurricanes, tropical storms and flood damage. Our response team is trained and experienced enough to handle the complexities of restoring businesses following major disasters so you can rest easy that the Hurricane Response Experts at ServiceMaster Elite will be at your side to guide you back to normal.

So, for now, you can focus on preparing and leave the rest to us!

What to do to prepare for a Hurricane?

Planning for hurricane season can be stressful, and because the 2020 hurricane season comes during the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be especially so. For businesses owners its especially important to help your employees safely prepare for hurricane season while protecting themselves and others from COVID-19.

Help your employees be Prepared

This year give yourself more time than usual to stock up on emergency supplies. Have a week’s supply of water, plenty of nonperishable food items and refill necessary prescriptions for all family members including pets. If you need to evacuate prepare a “go kit”. Include items that can help protect you and others from COVID-19, such as hand sanitizer, or bar and liquid soap if not available, and two cloth face coverings for each person.

If you need to go to a disaster shelter, follow CDC recommendations for staying safe and healthy in a public disaster shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fill your vehicles gas tank and make sure you have a car charger for your cell phone. And finally review and understand your insurance coverage and understand your deductibles for hurricane damage.

Protect your property

Bring loose items inside, tables and chairs can become projectiles that penetrate your building exasperating water and wind damage throughout. Close windows, doors and hurricane shutters. If you don’t have hurricane shutters board up windows and doors with ½” marine grade plywood.

Turn off all propane tanks and unplug all appliances. If you loose power or leave your property make sure the main switches to the circuit breaker are off (if possible).

And finally take a photo/video of the exterior and interior of your property.

ServiceMaster Elite is your 24/7/365 Hurricane Response Experts to mobilize and restore order to your business following a hurricane, tropical storm or natural disaster. Check out more on on our Hurricane Preparedness Guide by reading, During a Hurricane and After a Hurricane.

If you find yourself in need of water or fire restoration following a hurricane or natural disaster, call your Hurricane Response Experts at ServiceMaster Elite immediately, (888) 245-0354.