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Jul 9, 2013, 5:00pm EDT Shaun Bevan Reporter- South Florida Business Journal
Safety is always important – especially during storm season. Here are some practical tips on how to make your workplace, homes and families as safe as possible. Take a moment to review these tips and put them to use.
At the office
The best time to think about safety and preparation is before hurricane season begins.
• Create a communication plan with your employees, including pre-arranged meeting points in case of telephone or cell phone outages.
• Review your insurance coverage with your insurance agent. Give your agent appropriate emergency contact information.
• Photograph or videotape your building or office – inside and outside – before a hurricane. Keep these records off premises.
• Prepare for your short-term and long-term energy needs. Consider installing a generator if necessary.
• Prepare a list of vendors to provide disaster recovery services.
Before the storm hits:
• Ensure your employees’ contact information is up-to date and that you have a plan in place to communicate after the storm passes.
• Make multiple back-ups of computer files and data, and store records off premises. Turn off all computers and cover them with plastic bags.
• Move items away from the windows.
• Park vehicles in safe, protected areas such as a covered garage.
• Record a special voice mail containing your phone and/or pager number(s) so employees and customers can reach you.
• Be sure, cell phones, tablets laptop computers and other electronics have new batteries.
• Lock drawers and file cabinets.
• Unplug all lamps, radios and equipment in case of a power surge.
• Close your offices in sufficient time to allow employees to secure their homes, obtain supplies and evacuate if necessary.
Implementing safety procedures at home is especially important.
• Develop an emergency plan including evacuation routes, special medical needs, important phone numbers, and a supply list.
• Decide in advance on a safe space to ride out the storm if you stay at home during a hurricane. The best locations are large interior closets, bathrooms or hallways with no windows.
• Have a battery-operated radio, multiple flashlights, and a battery-operated fan along with extra batteries in the event of a power outage.
Before the storm hits:
• Review your emergency plan with your family.
• Turn off and unplug any non-essential electrical equipment.
• Keep food fresh in the event of a power outage by turning refrigerators and freezers to their coldest settings ahead of time.
• Continue to monitor storm conditions should your power go out by listening to your local news on a battery-powered radio for regular updates from FPL.
• Put important documents in a waterproof container.
• Photograph or videotape your home – inside and outside – before a hurricane.
After the storm
In addition to reducing personal injuries and physical damage, post-storm safety measures can make recovery faster and easier.
Post-storm safety tips for work and home:
• Be patient. Make the safety of your family and home your top priority. Do not return to your workplace until it’s safe to travel.
• Always stay away from fallen wires, flooded areas and debris.
• Make emergency repairs only if and when it is safe to do so. Repairs that prevent looting or further damage should have top priority.
• Follow safe operating procedures for portable generators. Review the manufacturer’s guide before operating. Never run one inside your home.
• Take inventory to determine and record losses (documents, equipment, etc.).
• Photograph or videotape your building, office or home – inside and outside – after a hurricane.
Stay safe before, during and after a storm. For more storm and safety tips, visit www.FPL.com/storm.