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Protect Your Business this Hurricane Season

Hurricane Season

June marks the start of hurricane season, which the experts are predicting to be a more active season than normal. As this hurricane season brings about new challenges in dealing with the coronavirus, we strongly urge you to take time now to prepare your business for a potential disruption.

According to a forecast by Colorado State University (CSU), the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is predicted to be above normal, with eight hurricanes, 16 named storms, and four major hurricanes. CSU will release its next seasonal update June 4.

Because of the new circumstances we’re facing this year, it’s important now more than ever to develop and review your storm plan for your small business. Your plan may need adjustments that you’ve never considered before due to complexities that surround the coronavirus.

We understand that preparing for an active hurricane season now while you are already facing challenges due to the coronavirus is difficult. That’s why we want you to know that we’re here to help and suggest the following as you prepare this season:

Prepare your disaster plan

You should consider several elements in preparing for a disaster. Not only is it important to protect your staff, building, data, and inventory, it is also critical to prepare a plan to continue operations following the disaster. A good plan may include provisions to relocate to a pre-identified site, retrieve data, including employee, customer and vendor records; and a way to operate efficiently with a smaller staff of key individuals. Read on for resources and how we can help.

Backup data and ensure you can access important documents

Ensure that you backup your data and can access important documents. After a disaster occurs, you may need disaster assistance to help your business rebuild, recover, and reopen. Every business should have access to key documents necessary for business to continue and/or for when applying for state and federal assistance after a disaster.

Records needed to continue business:

  • Disaster plan
  • Emergency contact list of employees and key customers
  • Insurance policies and agent information
  • List of suppliers and vendors
  • Customer records
  • Back-up computer systems and data files
  • Bank records

We stand ready to help.

As always, the Florida SBDC at IRSC is here to help your business prepare and recover from a storm. Through our service offering, professionally certified business consultants can help you develop a comprehensive business continuity, emergency preparedness, and disaster recovery plan at no cost.

Preparedness Resources: Where to Go

  • For more information regarding our services, please click here.
  • For a list of preparedness resources, including tips for assembling a Business Ready “Records-To-Go” Box, please click here.
  • www.FloridaDisaster.org – The state’s official source of general and specific information for individuals and businesses from the Florida Division of Emergency Management.
  • www.FloridaDisaster.biz - The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s website to provide businesses access to critical information before, during, and after a disaster.
  • The Hurricane Supplies Sales Tax Holiday is May 29 - June 4. To learn more about the holiday and qualifying items, please click here.
  • For a hurricane preparedness checklist and other resources from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), please click here.

 

Thank you for being a valued client of the Florida SBDC!

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