The Spring and Summer months are traditionally viewed as peak severe weather season. However, increasingly severe storms can develop at any time of the year. This is evident by Hurricane Ian’s catastrophic damage on the southeast coast. Severe storms are dangerous and destructive whether it’s a thunderstorm that brings lightning, a tornado, or tropical storm that brings heavy rainfall and harsh winds. In order to stay safe during these severe weather events, you need to prepare your organization and employees before anything happens.

This first level of preparation is just recognizing the different levels of devastating consequences that severe storms can bring. You need to be aware of the different types of destruction that can happen as you prepare for the severe weather that can impact your area. This destruction can affect thousands of lives in just minutes and can include anything from property damage, power outages, and business interruptions, to the loss of life.

To prepare for these consequences each company needs to have a written disaster program in place. This program must outline the procedures for monitoring and responding to any changes in weather conditions and how communicating to employees about weather advisories and alerts will be done. A few of the main points that should be covered include:

  • Types of alert systems to be used
  • Designated shelter locations
  • Employee responsibilities
  • Disaster recovery procedures
  • Communication and notification systems
  • Facility closing procedures and call-in phone numbers
  • Information technology systems used

In addition to being prepared, you should also stay alert to changing weather conditions. The most common sources to keep your organization up to date is through live TV, radio weather radios, websites and widgets, and smartphone applications. These new and constantly evolving technologies have greatly increased our ability to stay alert to the weather and any potential harm. Some applications can even provide automated text or email alerts that are particularly useful in getting real-time forecasts. There are many options out there, so make sure to do your research and pick one that is best suited to your company’s needs. 

To learn more about weather safety and how to protect yourself and others during severe weather events like Hurricane Ian, visit: Severe Weather Safety Campaign | Accident Fund.    

DII is your partner in severe weather safety. Our team of experts can work with you to understand the risks of severe weather and come up with the next steps for your company to protect you and your employees. Please contact your DII representative for more information.  #SevereWeatherSafety #HurricanepIan

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