Storm Preparedness

From VDEM:

Prepare Your Home

  • Bring loose, lightweight objects such as patio furniture, garbage cans and bicycles inside.
  • Anchor objects that would be unsafe to bring inside (e.g., gas grills and propane tanks).
  • Trim or remove damaged trees and limbs close enough to fall on structures.
  • Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property.
  • Purchase a portable generator or install a whole-house generator for use during power outages.
  • Keep alternative power sources, such as a portable generator, outside, at least 20 feet away from the house, and protected from moisture.
  • Document the condition of your home prior to the storm.

Prepare Your Business

  • Document employee responsibilities and roles before a hurricane strikes and review with each employee.
  • Conduct a drill to ensure staff members comprehend their roles and test your emergency plans. Follow up with an after-action report and lessons-learned session.
  • Contact your vendors to understand their preparedness plans and how a disaster will impact your supply chain.
  • Move computers and other Information Technology (IT) systems away from large windows and doors.
  • Relocate valuables and IT systems to the upper level of your facility or to a more secure location if needed.
  • Ensure vital records are protected: analyze your off-site backup record storage, place valuable documentation and digital storage media in a waterproof, fireproof box.
  • Explore purchasing a flood insurance policy for your business.