Hurricane Barry: Tips to Prepare Your Business

Jul 11, 2019

Hurricane Barry: Tips to Prepare Your Business

BY Chris Brunau

BCDR

The Gulf Coast of the United States is bracing for a potential Category 1 Hurricane as Barry approaches. The storm is currently in the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to make landfall by this weekend bringing up to 15 inches of rain in 24 hours. Over four million people are under flash flood watches from south-central Louisiana to the western Florida panhandle.

After securing one’s personal safety and home, it’s also important to take into account the impact Barry could have on local businesses. If time allows, preparing one’s business will help those impacted get back to work following the storm.

Tips to Prepare

Here are a few business continuity tips for local businesses as this storm approaches:

  • Create a phone tree for your organization and stay in touch.
  • Have a plan and contingencies.
    • What do you need to take from your office?
    • How will you support your customers, and from where?
  • Send out the storm plan to your employees, customers, and partners. Include a communications schedule and stick to it.
    • Send an update to employees every few hours with what you know and don’t know.
    • Send updates to customers, partners, and suppliers with updates that affect them regularly.
  • If your business cannot withstand a period of lengthy downtime, secure a facility further inland for you and your employees or ensure everyone is able to work remotely.
  • Tropical storms can put data centers out of commission. Make sure your business data, backups, applications, and server images are stored off-site.
    • Your IT professionals will be able to restore systems either virtually via the cloud or at the site where you’re resuming operations.
    • If time allows, test the backups of crucial servers before the storm hits.

For more tips and information on how to protect from natural disasters, check out our eBook: The Natural Disaster Survival Guide For Businesses.

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