Prepping Your Staff for Weather Emergencies | SERVPRO of Conway & Faulkner Counties
Running a business means that you are in charge of many different things. Your day-to-day is filled with decision making and problem-solving, but you also have to plan for the future and all of the “what-ifs” when it comes to your business and your staff.
While most of the issues you will encounter have to do with work-related obstacles, there is always the possibility that a weather emergency will take your staff by surprise. If your team isn’t trained on the proper response, it could lead to chaos really quickly.
Arming your staff with the knowledge they need can help keep everyone safe when a storm rolls into town. Check out our great tips below so you can start preparing yourself!
Knowing What Could Happen
We can experience a lot of different weather patterns here, so it is important to understand our risk level based on the season that we are in. Winter usually brings colder, rainier days, while the early spring and summer can be really volatile and destructive with high winds and tornado touchdowns.
Whenever the rain starts to fall, there is always the risk of flooding. Understanding your flood risk is an easy way for you to begin preparations before an emergency arises. Do your best to understand the weekly forecast and be proactive in your planning.
Planning Your Communication
It has never been easier to be connected to your team, thanks to the development of technology over the last few decades. However, this communication can only happen if you have your team’s contact info! Start by creating a group text or an email chain with everyone’s information so you can quickly send off a message when you need to.
If a storm is on the horizon or if you need to tell your staff about your evacuation routes or safe shelter location, a simple message can help direct your team on where to go and what to do in a calm and concise manner.
Plan Your Way Out or Way in
Different weather systems should prompt different reactions. A potential flooding issue or other impending weather scenario could require a quick evacuation. In that instance, your team needs to know how to get out quickly. Show them ahead of time where your evacuation routes are, and be sure to clearly label your exits.
Other weather situations like severe storms or tornadoes require you to stay put and find your safe shelter location. Get this space ready now by stocking it with food, water and emergency supplies, and be sure everyone knows how to get to it without the use of an escalator or elevator.
Once you are ready, it’s time to practice! Practicing your evacuation and getting to your shelter location can ensure everyone reacts appropriately and stays safe during a weather emergency.
Don’t let extreme weather take control! If storms strike your business, SERVPRO® can help you restore your losses.