You need to be aware of a few things you can do in preparation for winter or snowstorms.
If the storm is expected to be severe, you should prepare to ensure that your business is not disrupted. Even if the storm is modest, you should make preparations to guarantee that your business is not hampered.
Ice is one of the greatest enemies of commercial businesses, especially large commercial properties, such as shopping centres and malls. And, if you weren’t prepared the last time it snowed, there’s a good chance that you will be unprepared this time around as well – unless you start making your preparations now.
If your company has any locations that are susceptible to freezing, you should have a plan in place to heat these areas to keep them safe. You should also be aware that when ice is solid, it might constitute a hazard. If you have any surfaces that are likely to be used by customers and are exposed to ice, you should ensure that they are safe.
If you are aware that a winter storm may hit you, you should take precautions to ensure you are prepared. You must have:
- A day’s schedule that a qualified and trustworthy member of your team has approved.
- Copies of your disaster plan (make a plan for what you’ll do once the winter storm has passed).
- Be sure heating and heat-producing equipment are in good working condition and are in good working order.
- Seal off all openings with caulking and insulation.
- Decide which equipment (e.g., computers, manufacturing equipment, etc.) is most vulnerable to freezing temperatures and implement a protection plan.
- Maintain an off-site updated list of employee, vendor, and client contact information for easy access during an emergency.
- Make sure your staff knows how to communicate before, during, and after a weather disaster.
- It would also be a good idea to have the phone numbers of your heating contractor, plumber, fire department, insurance agent, and building owner posted in an easily accessible place.
- Make sure that everything is working correctly on your property.
- Check the roads to ensure that they are in good condition.
- Check that you can access your property and any establishments that are open and accessible.
Even if the storm is expected to be modest, you should make preparations to ensure that your business is not vulnerable. If the storm is expected to be severe, you should prepare to ensure that your business is not disrupted.