While winter is a beautiful, magical time, heavy snowfall can often
be bad news for businesses. From power outages to poor road conditions,
it’s important for all businesses to have an emergency plan in place for
the winter season. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to make an
emergency plan and cover all of the important factors. So to help you
keep your employees and customers safe this winter, here are a few
factors to consider for your emergency plan.
Consider your business’ vulnerabilities:
If you have yet to take a look around the building and inspect for
damage or possible vulnerabilities, now is the time to do so. Winter
snow storms can come out of nowhere and can even cause significant
structural damage. This is why it’s important to know about any
vulnerabilities now. Cracks near windows, loose trim or siding, and even
leaky roofs may all seem like minor issues. But these problems can
quickly escalate in a storm. So take the time to inspect your building
and get any problems fixed now. You should also take the time to review
your insurance coverage to know what will and won’t be covered in the
event of a storm.
Prepare emergency kits: In
the event of a truly terrible storm, you’ll want to be prepared. You
should always have flashlights, a radio, batteries, blankets, and a
first-aid kit in the building. This will come in handy if you get snowed
in for a few hours or are waiting for the roads to be cleared. You may
also want to consider having some food and water in storage in case you
get stuck in the building due to the weather. Additionally, always have a
list of contacts like the insurance company, property manager, and
utility providers on hand. This will allow you to quickly contact
someone if needed. Being prepared is the best way to ensure you can
handle anything the winter weather throws at you.
Know how to keep the business running:
During or even after a really bad snowstorm, you’re going to need to
know how to keep your business running. Investing in snow removal
services and other services to help keep the property cleared of snow is
a great place to start. Commercial snow plowing services can ensure
your parking lot is cleared for customers and employees after a storm.
Make sure you know the turnaround time of your snow plow company.
Additionally, consider allowing employees to work remotely if they can’t
make it into the office. You should be prepared for the few days
following a storm — talk to your vendors to know their emergency plans
too so you can know what to expect after a storm.
During the winter season, the safety of your employees and customers should always be a priority. Not only does data show that the average claim for a snow- or ice-related injury amounts to $33,000, but it’s your responsibility to ensure everyone has a safe path to and from work. So keep these factors in mind when preparing your emergency plan. Having emergency kits and investing in snow plow services are two great places to start.