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Get Your Commercial Team Ready for a Weather Emergency | SERVPRO of Sioux Falls

9/19/2023 (Permalink)

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Preparation is always the best way to keep a business going. You never really know what each day is going to bring you, so the more you are ready to jump over any hurdle, the better you will fare.

While you prepare your team to tackle everything that comes their way in order to thrive, consider getting your employees ready for weather emergencies.

With a great safety plan in place, you can prevent panic and keep everyone safe.

Know Your Risk

In order to create a plan that covers all of your needs, the best place to start is by getting to know the risks you will face throughout the year. Get to know how your weather acts each season, and dig into past events to understand damages that have been done near your property.

From cold and snowy winters to warm and mild summers, Sioux Falls has an incredible climate for outdoor lovers. There may always be something to do, but we can also see strong snowstorms, floods and heavy rain dangers.

While you create your emergency plan, make sure you know where your property sits on flood maps so that you can plan for water-related events while you consider storms and other weather. Check local weather sources often, and use long-term forecasts in order to prepare as early as possible.

Make a Plan to Communicate

Communication is key when it comes to an emergency plan that works. Your team should have two ways to receive weather alerts and two ways to receive internal communications as well.

Create a plan that clearly lays out each step of your emergency process in order to keep your team on the same page. Make the way information is sent out through the office as seamless as possible so all employees. understand their role in gathering supplies or preparing to evacuate as needed.

Plan Your Evacuation

Evacuation might feel like an extreme situation, but sometimes it is the best way to keep your team safe. Clearly map out exit routes, and label passageways in order to ensure everyone knows where to go. Practice your evacuation plan regularly to prepare your team for the potential of needing to get to safe space quickly.

If evacuation is not safe, your employees need a safe place to shelter inside the building. Choose a room without windows, and label it clearly as well. Show your staff the space, and have them visit it when you practice your emergency plans on a regular basis.

Regardless of whether you are staying or going, your team needs to be able to stay calm. The more practiced your plan is, the more it can run like a well-oiled machine and your staff can keep their anxiety in check. Communicate often and stay prepared for everything.

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

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