The weather can be unpredictable. Wind and rain can wreak havoc on your home but storms can also leave your business needing repairs. To keep things “business-as-usual,” prepare for the worst with these quick tips for small business.
Prepare a Plan & Practice:
You can never be too prepared. If you own a business in an area prone to extreme storms, make an evacuation plan, communicate it with your employees, and practice it! If a storm is on the horizon and you are fearful of storm issues, be sure to appoint team members or employees to handle certain tasks, like clearing the floor, closing the business, and communicating any delayed openings or early closures to customers.
Back up your Data:
Living in a digital age can be hugely rewarding but your company’s data can be destroyed at any given moment. Regardless of storms, always be sure to back up your data routinely and have your employees do the same! And if your company uses or stores any paper archives, make sure the files are stored in a safe location.
Clear the Floors:
It’s always a good idea to keep the floors clear. Any valuable machinery, inventory, or tools that sit at the ground level are the most susceptible to damage by flooding. If you are able, place these items at a higher level. It’s a good idea to have stable shelving for overflow items. Heavier equipment can be stacked on wooden pallets to help avoid water damage. If you have immobile electric-powered items, unplug what you can.
Have a Plan for Restoration:
The weather can be unpredictable and it can be difficult to gauge how much damage your business could suffer. As the saying goes, “time is money,” so having a plan for restoration is a good idea. Call ServiceMaster of Baltimore to discuss how our technicians can help get your company back up and running if your office ever takes on damage. Some important services to review include odor clean up and mold mitigation.