In today’s business world, randomness and uncertainty due to traumatic weather phenomena are playing ever increasing roles in the success or failure of businesses. Weather disasters rank among some of the most difficult situations for businesses to carry on through. This is because, aside from the long term destruction following a natural disaster, they are virtually impossible to prepare for. Preparation to the best possible level is paramount for a business to survive the next hurricane or wildfire, and sometimes something as simple as a cover can save the valuable equipment necessary to keep a company up and running.
In addition to the stresses and rigors of just running a business, it is more important than ever before to have a plan for natural disasters. The impact of any natural disaster can be huge, even devastating, and can be fatal for many establishments. In fact, according to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, roughly one-fourth of companies do not reopen after a major disaster.
Calamities and disasters can strike at any time, often without warning. Therefore, planning and preparing for these situations is absolutely crucial for businesses to survive. In 2014, the National Fire Prevention Association reported that property damage from fires in stores and offices totaled $708 million, up 15 percent from 2013, while the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported an annual average of 909 tornadoes in the U.S. between 2012 and 2015.
In 2016, the city of San Antonio experienced the costliest hail storm in the city’s history. Over $1 billion in damages were reported, according to the Insurance Council of Texas, after more than one hundred thousand cars were pelted with baseball sized hail. Sam Sarkisian, president of the Autobody Association, noted that repairs ran anywhere between $1,500 to $5,000, depending on the damage. Following the storm, pictures flooded social media of hail damaged cars covered in blankets, mattresses and bubble wrap, anything to shield cars from the pounding hail. Darren Huggins, National Collision director, said that anything that can possibly cushion an automobile from the blow of striking hail is worth trying as the repair bill will be far lower if the impact doesn’t break through the car’s paint.
Ultimately, disaster preparedness is about preparing for the worst and hoping for the best. It is also one of the priciest probabilities to be prepared for, but one that can make or break an organization when the time comes. With natural disasters on the rise, and an increasing number projected for the coming future, being prepared and protected is paramount to the success of a business. Developing emergency procedures and safety protocols for employees, creating a disaster recovery plan, and purchasing security equipment to safeguard assets, are the three most vital steps to keeping your business and personnel protected in the event of a natural disaster.
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