With Storm Babet set to bring flooding and disruption across the UK, now is the time for businesses to prepare. Severe storms can cause damage, disrupt operations, and impact employees, so being proactive can help minimise the effects on your company.
Here are some tips to help get your business storm-ready:
Protect your property
Inspect roofs, gutters, drains, and outdoor lighting to identify any issues that need addressing before the storm hits. Prune tree branches that could cause damage in high winds. Install flood barriers if you are in an at-risk area.
Safeguard equipment and stock
Move key IT equipment and valuable stock to upper floors or higher shelving if flooding is expected. Unplug non-essential electrical items and cover with tarpaulins or plastic sheeting. Consider a generator or UPS system for backup power.
Support remote working
Enable remote access systems so employees can work from home during bad weather if needed. Make sure all employees have the required hardware, software, and login details. Test systems in advance.
Update emergency plans
Review emergency and business continuity plans, including evacuation routes, key contacts, and backup suppliers. Make sure all employees are familiar with procedures. Appoint storm coordinators.
Communicate with customers
Use email, social media, and your website to provide updates on opening hours, delivery schedules or service disruptions. Give advance notice of any changes or delays.
Check your insurance
Contact your insurer or broker to check you have adequate cover for storm damage, loss of income and other impacts. Consider flood insurance if you are at a high risk. Review policy terms and exclusions.
Advise staff to take care traveling to work in storms. Allow flexible schedules or remote working where possible. Remind them of safety procedures during severe weather.
Being prepared and having robust contingency plans can help your business ride out any winter storms. Take action now to minimise disruption and damage when severe weather hits.