The statistical peak of hurricane season is September 10, but the hurricane season officially begins on June 1st. Here at Hunton Services, we want to keep your business prepared and safe. When a hurricane hits, it doesn’t take long before things become chaotic. The high winds, airborne debris, and flash flooding can take a toll on your place of business and homes. Hurricane preparedness is essential when you work and live in Southeast Texas. Act now and get prepared!
To help protect your property in the event of a hurricane, preparation is key. Below are a few tips to help prepare your property and equipment before a hurricane occurs.
- Establish or review an Emergency Action Plan that considers prevention, warning, emergency response, evacuation criterion, facility shut down, disaster recovery, and key personnel.
- Designate an Emergency Coordinator and Emergency Action Team with an operating command center.
- Review your Emergency Action Plan with the local emergency management office and know your community evacuation plan.
- Detail communication procedures for employees, suppliers, vendors, contractors, and clients. Maintain a current list of key contacts with phone numbers and addresses.
- Secure and brace outside storage tanks, sheds, and other structures.
- Cover water-sensitive equipment with plastic or tarps.
- Use plywood (min. 5/8”) or shutters to protect doors and windows.
- Understand critical facility utility needs, particularly energy. Identify and perform preventative maintenance on backup resources such as generators.
- Stock non-perishable food, first-aid supplies, and drinking water.
- Create an emergency evacuation kit for employees and their families.
- Identify alternative types of transportation in the area and establish a relationship with rental companies.
- Provide cellular or satellite phones to essential personnel.
- Inspect roofs and flashing to ensure they are secured.
- Trim trees and shrubbery, safely, avoiding electrical lines and excessive heights.
- Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts. Check drain pumps.
- Review your insurance policies to determine if you have adequate flood and wind insurance.
Hunton Services is proud to partner with HRS to offer you scalable cooling, heating, power, and compressed air for emergency situations. Call HRS and they can set up, install, and operate equipment for your requirements. It's important for both home and business owners alike to be adequately prepared to not only protect themselves but their property as well.
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