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Winter Weather Preparation for Your Business

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Winter Weather Preparation for Your Business

Winter weather can be disastrous for any business. When a snow storm hits, it could put you out of work for the day – or longer. With the right winter weather preparation, you can get your office and your staff back on their feet faster, ensuring that “business as usual” happens sooner rather than later.

Find out how to protect your offices and employees this season with winter weather preparedness tips from ServiceMaster Restore®.

Winter Weather Preparedness Tips for Businesses

  1. Talk to employees about any winter weather-related issues.

Good communication gets everyone on the same page and can motivate each individual to take steps toward personal and group readiness. In case of an emergency, your employees will feel more confident and prepared to take action if they’ve been briefed on what to do or expect ahead of time.

Talk with staff about winter weather preparation at the start of the season and before any large storm. Here are some topics you’ll want to include:

  • Severe winter weather can lead to accidents, injuries and even death. Remind people to be careful and always put safety first.
  • Go over the terms used by the National Weather Service to categorize storms or changing weather conditions.
  • Emphasize the importance of an emergency supply kit and encourage them to keep one at home, in their cars, and at work.
  • Review your office’s emergency communications plans and policies.

 

  1. Hold preparedness exercises.

Going through the motions can ensure your employees are ready to take action in case a winter storm hits. A simulated emergency scenario helps define various roles, procedures and responsibilities among your staff so everyone knows what to do in the event of an actual disaster. Practicing your disaster plan helps you identify any gaps or areas for improvement, as well. That way, when a snowstorm does strike, you and your staff will be able to weather it calmly.

Use the tabletop exercises for businesses from the Federal Emergency Management Association’s (FEMA) Winter Weather Preparedness Playbook to get scenario suggestions, lists of what your company can do in specific winter storm conditions, and discussion points to raise throughout each exercise.

  1. Maintain preparedness all year.

Winter weather isn’t the only risk to look out for. You should strive to keep your organization ready for any kind of disaster. Maintain your readiness all year long by holding seasonal meetings to prepare for different weather events that may hit your area. Practice communications plans and exercises for each season to make sure everyone understands their responsibilities in an emergency situation and how they can work together to keep the office safe.

Winter weather preparation can go a long way toward keeping you, your business and your staff safe in an emergency. In the event that your business suffers structural damage during a winter storm or another natural disaster, ServiceMaster Restore® is here to help get your business back on track as soon as possible. We offer our trusted commercial restoration services 24/7/365 to make sure you get the help you need, whenever you need it. Contact our experts today to learn more.

Winter Weather Safety Kit Essentials: Home, Car & Work

Blizzards, snow storms and other winter-related disasters cause more than delays and destruction each year – they can also cause death. If you live in an area known for its dangerous winter storms, it’s crucial to be prepared for the worst before it happens to you.

Having a winter weather safety kit with you this season can directly impact your chances of survival during a severe storm. Learn what to put in your winter safety kit with these tips from ServiceMaster Restore®.

What to Have in an Emergency Kit for Winter

For the Home

You spend most of your time at home with your family. Protect those closest to you, and load up your home winter weather emergency kit with the following items:

  • Salt, or a similar product that can melt ice on walkways
  • Sand to improve traction in the event you need to leave
  • Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment in case you need to clear a snow-blocked door or walkway
  • Heating fuel and equipment in case your regular fuel source is cut off
  • Clothing and blankets for each family member
  • First aid supplies, essential medications and necessary personal hygiene items
  • Non-perishable food and water to last at least 3 days, in case you get snowed in
  • Flashlights and plenty of batteries
  • Portable chargers for cell phones in case the power goes out
  • A battery-operated or crank radio to get news and weather updates

Store these items in a sturdy, waterproof container, and then place the kit in an area that is easily accessible in the event of a storm.

For the Car

If you’re caught driving in a snowstorm, be prepared to sit and wait until the roads clear up. Your car emergency kit should include essential item, such as:

  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Blankets
  • First aid kit
  • Water bottles
  • Non-perishable food
  • Tire chains
  • Ice scraper
  • Snow shovel
  • Jumper cables
  • Road flares
  • Extra fuel
  • Cellphone charger
  • A battery-operated or crank radio
  • Gloves, hats, and boots
  • Spare jackets

For the Office

If you’re stuck at work when the weather hits, make sure you’re prepared to hunker down in comfort. Items in your work emergency kit should include:

  • Non-perishable food
  • Water
  • A complete change of warm clothes
  • Boots, gloves and a jacket
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Essential medications
  • First aid kit
  • A battery-operated or crank radio
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries

Getting stuck during a winter storm is common. Make sure you’re prepared wherever you go by packing winter safety kits for your home, car and office. Check out Ready.gov for more ideas on how to prepare for winter, including emergency kit tips and resources.

If disaster does strike your area, know that the experts at ServiceMaster Restore® are here to help. Our expert teams offer disaster recovery services 24/7/365 to help you through any crisis as safely and smoothly as possible. Contact our experts today to learn more.

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Restoring Property Instead of Replacing

Restoring property instead of replacing it is one of the ways ServiceMaster Recovery By Close can help you keep costs low. When dealing with a commercial or residential loss, restoration is often times more cost effective and beneficial for you for a number of reasons:

• Replacement costs for a damaged structure and its contents can be nearly triple the costs of restoration.
• Restoration is often faster and more convenient than replacement.
• Restoration can minimize temporary living expenses for residential customers
• Quick response can minimize business interruptions.

 

Restoration demands quick response from professionals like ServiceMaster Recovery By Close. That is why we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We know that delays after a flood can result in damaging mold and mildew, and that a delay in cleaning after a fire can result in increased damage and a less effective cleaning. We are committed to quick response times and can be on-site within a 2 to 4 hour window. Our quick response can also help you feel more at ease knowing that something is being done immediately to restore your home and belongings.

 

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