Disaster Preparation Tips

With the recent landfall of Hurricane Isaac along the Gulf Coast, there are certain things that we can do to prepare for a natural disaster, according to a recent article by http://abcnews.go.com.

  1. Flooding 1: When living in flood prone areas, if a hurricane is barreling down on your location it is probably the wrong time to ask how prone your home or business is to flooding. Prepare beforehand by accessing information from organizations like the American Red Cross or a local emergency management team.
  1. Flooding 2: Know the difference between a flash flood watch and a flash flood warning. Watches are issued for areas that expect to have flooding occur, but have not yet happened. A warning means a flood is happening at that time or that there is an extreme likelihood that one will occur in the very near future.
  1. Phone Service: Expect phone service to be interrupted. This means that businesses and even home owners should have a plan for connecting with fellow employees, managers, and family when a crisis hits. At the very least employees or fellow family members should understand what to do during a disaster or have access to the disaster plan.
  2. Disaster Plans: Developing a disaster plan before an emergency strikes is key to a successful crisis recovery. Once developed, this plan needs to be communicated to family or employees so that they understand their responsibilities. The plan needs to address responsibilities both before and after the disaster has happened. When developing the plan, determine how to protect employees, customers, and family first, and then focus on the protection of assets such as property or data and records.
  1. Insurance: Review any insurance policies beforehand to be sure of what exactly is covered. Also, keep pertinent information, such as the phone number of your insurance agent, in a handy location where it can be easily retrieved when needed.

The above are just a few of the things that can be done to help prepare for a disaster. By being mindful of the responsibilities of everyone involved, both people and assets can be protected more fully.

For more information about being properly prepared for a natural disaster, visit: http://abcnews.go.com/Business/top-hurricane-isaac-natural-disaster-preparedness-tips/story?id=17095748#