Spring can bring about some of the year’s most dangerous weather and wreak havoc on many aspects of a company’s operations.
Dangerous Spring Weather
Unexpected severe weather increases the risk of property damage, injury and even death. Here are some common types of spring weather events:
- Thunderstorms—Severe thunderstorms can produce strong winds, large hail, and lightning.
- Flooding—Snowmelt, ice jams and heavy rain can produce large amounts of water runoff in a short period of time, resulting in floods.
- Excessive heat—The second half of spring typically brings higher temperatures, leading to heat-related disorders or illnesses if employees work in outdoor environments.
While springtime weather may be unpredictable, businesses can minimize risks to both people and property by preparing for all situations.
- Develop a plan. If employees must travel to work, severe spring weather could put them in danger on the road. In addition, power outages could also pose threats to onsite employees, clients, and customers. Having a plan in place can help everyone remain safe during an emergency. Outline what employees should do in different circumstances. Conduct drills until the plan becomes second nature.
- Keep an emergency kit on hand. This kit should contain emergency supplies, including flashlights, water, a first-aid kit, blankets, extra batteries, a toolset, and current contact information for state and local entities.
- Secure the property and outdoor assets. If severe weather is in the forecast, complete preventive maintenance, close windows securely, bring outdoor furniture inside and clear out storm drains.
- Back up data. Back up critical data often to help smoothly rebuild systems.
- Obtain proper insurance coverage. Complete a coverage review to ensure there are no gaps in coverage that will result in an uncovered loss.
By minimizing the opportunity for property damage, preparing employees to act, and working with an experienced agent to ensure the appropriate insurance coverage is in place, businesses can better mitigate risks during the springtime. For more information, contact us today.