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Is Your Staff Prepared for the Weather? | SERVPRO of Pewaukee & Sussex

9/19/2023 (Permalink)

Business man holding an umbrella and briefcase with a dark thunderstorm behind him. If your home or business was damaged in a storm, call SERVPRO of Pewaukee & Sussex to get you back in action.

We know how busy you are as a business or commercial property owner in the Pewaukee area. Your days are full of daily operations, team meetings and managerial duties. Your thoughts are also always consumed with planning for the unexpected!

Severe weather is a very real threat to our area, so having a plan in place for a variety of scenarios can ensure everyone on your staff stays safe by reacting appropriately.

Our team explains some easy ways below to ensure your employees are prepared for the possibility of severe weather, so read on to learn more.

Understanding the Storm Risks

We love all four seasons, and that’s why many of us live here! However, each season can bring severe weather with it and can result in widespread damages. Summer and early fall storms can produce high winds and tornadoes, and winter storms can knock out power lines or make travel impossible. In any case, your staff need to be prepared!

It is also important to understand your building’s flood risk. Flood zones can look different across the area, and it can help you determine whether purchasing flood insurance is necessary. It can also prompt you to react quicker if a flood warning is issued for our counties.

Communicating Effectively

Communicating with your staff is easier than ever before. We are all constantly connected, so being able to talk to each other during an emergency is a huge benefit of our current technology.

If severe weather is forecast or is on the horizon, you can fire off a quick text or email to your staff to explain evacuation routes, safe shelter locations or any other directions that you need to address. This can ensure a smooth transition from a regular work day to an emergency response situation.

To Stay In or Go Out?

Every weather emergency is different, so it is your responsibility to understand what is coming your way and take appropriate action. If you need to evacuate quickly, your staff need to know where your emergency exits are and need to be able to find them quickly. Take a building tour to show them and be sure to label these exits clearly.

If a severe weather situation warrants staying put, you need to have your safe shelter location ready to use. This includes having food, water and any other emergency supplies that will keep your team safe and comfortable while the storm passes.

In order to ensure everyone reacts calmly and smoothly, you need to practice this plan. Run these various scenarios throughout the year, and your team will be much more confident if and when the real situation arises.

Don’t let extreme weather take control! If storms strike your business, SERVPRO® can help you restore your losses.

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