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Massachusetts Outlines Hurricane Preparation Steps for Business

Posted by Christopher Geehern on Sep 2, 2010 2:22:00 PM

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) today issued a list of steps employers should take to prepare for possible damage from Hurricane Earl:

  • Review your property insurance with your insurance agent.
  • Take photographs or make a video of your business establishment, both inside and outside.
  • Determine and establish a written Hurricane Preparedness Plan for your business and its contents. Coordinate this plan with local and state officials.  Specify the conditions under which the plan will be implemented.
  • Test your plan, reviewing it annually. Establish an employee-training program on your Hurricane Plan.
  • Make plans for protection of your computer files, including an off-site back-up system to secure and safely store data.
  • Protect corporate records, keeping duplicates at an alternate location.
  • Well in advance, acquire emergency protective equipment and supplies. Heavy plastic sheeting, duct tape, sandbags, emergency generator, chain saw and large pieces of plywood will help protect your property.
  • Bring in display racks and other objects, such as trashcans that might cause damage if airborne.  Remove outdoor signs, especially those that swing or are portable.
  • Move merchandise, equipment or furniture away from windows or skylights. Elevate boxes or equipment, if possible.
  • Turn off electricity and disconnect all electrical appliances and equipment (except for refrigeration equipment), in case there is a power outage.  An ensuing power surge could be damaging to connected equipment.
  • Inform all employees on when and how you will notify them to report back to work.
  • Develop an employee identification system, such as picture ID badges. This may help employees gain access to the area after a hurricane.
  • If possible, make arrangements to pay employees in cash.  It may be several days before banking institutions are operational.

Topics: Emergency preparedness, Employers, Associated Industries of Massachusetts, AIM

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