Businesses may not need to board up windows, but they still need to protect their employees. APG&E suggests these basic tips on how to prepare employees for storms:
- Prepare: Know your business' vulnerability to storm surges, flooding and wind. Understand the meaning of National Weather Service watches and warnings. Identify employees who are business critical to ensure they have connectivity and the ability to work from home. Have a supply of snacks, water and flashlights available in case people can't leave the office.
- Plan: Flash flooding emerges suddenly, making it difficult for employees to get to and from work. Assign someone in the office to monitor developing weather reports and updates from local government agencies. Notify business critical and non-essential employees of potential storm conditions so they know what is expected of them and can plan accordingly.
- Communicate: Based on communication from local government sources, let management and employees know if the office is open. When the decision is made to temporarily close the business, message key personnel quickly. Advise employees to listen to updates on local radio and television stations for weather alerts, as well as keep in touch with their managers.
Barend VanderHorst, CEO of APG&E stated "During the most recent storms in April, we used these tips and our business continuity plan to guide us in how to care for the safety of our employees, and to ensure we handled the needs of our customers. We have seen firsthand that major storms impact businesses as well as homes. These conditions can be unsettling to employees, but employers can go a long way in providing safety and support during storm conditions."
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