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Keep Business Running Smoothly by Planning for Severe Weather | SERVPRO of Westfield

9/19/2023 (Permalink)

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Proper training is a key part of running a successful business. Not only does this training prepare your employees on their first day, but it also prepares them for the future.

When you think about all the essential kinds of training your team needs, you might overlook something like storm readiness. Since disasters are capable of shutting down the workplace, this is not a topic you and your team can afford to avoid.

To keep your business safe, you’ll need to prepare your Westfield team! Use our guide to help you get started as you introduce storm preparedness in the workplace.

Know Your Risk

Weather threats can come in all sorts of forms, which is why it’s so important to create a plan that prepares your team for every single one. Becoming familiar with Westfield’s most common weather conditions will be extremely helpful as you create your workplace plan.

Westfield is visited by a variety of weather hazards like thunderstorms, tornadoes and occasional flash floods. These conditions cause widespread devastation, damage property and, at times, shut down businesses for good. To keep your building safe from local weather threats, you’ll need to anticipate them.

Looking into your flood risk is never a bad idea when assessing your local weather threats. You can also benefit from tuning into a local network each day to check the forecast and having a reliable source of weather alerts.

Make a Plan to Communicate

Great communication can go a long way when running a business. Not only does this help you create an open and safe environment, but it can also be lifesaving in the event of an unexpected disaster.

Make sure your business has a digital way to communicate inside and outside of the workplace. This can allow you to quickly address concerns and implement necessary measures, even in the middle of a storm!

Plan Your Evacuation

It can be a frightening scenario to face, but you may need to evacuate your building when severe weather is at its worst. Make sure your team is well-informed about evacuation procedures by clearly marking exits and practicing an evacuation drill often.

You should also have a safe spot the whole team can go to if a shelter-in-place order is needed. Identify interior rooms or areas with no windows that can serve as safe spaces during storms or other weather emergencies.

Disaster can be a scary topic to approach in the workplace, but it’ll pay off in the long run! Ensure your Westfield team is prepared to take on weather threats of all kinds by having a stellar plan in place.

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

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