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close this bookSurviving the Storms (FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency, 1998, 8 p.)
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Emergency Planning Could Save Your Business

If a hurricane is threatening the area where your business is located, take the following steps:

Photograph your business establishment, inside and out, from all angles, to help substantiate any insurance claims later.

Assemble papers such as insurance policies, checkbooks and financial records, and pack them in waterproof containers.

Arrange to pay your employees, preferably in cash, as it may be some time before banking institutions reopen after a hurricane.

Clear out areas with extensive glass frontage, as much as possible. If you have shutters, use them. Otherwise, board up windows and glass doors.

Remove outdoor hanging signs.

Bring inside or secure any objects that might become airborne and cause damage in strong winds.

Secure and tape showcases, turning the glass side toward an inside wall where possible.

Store as much merchandise as high off the floor as possible, especially goods that could be in short supply after a storm.

Move merchandise that cannot be stored away from windows and glass skylights, and cover it with tarpaulins or heavy plastic.

Secure generators, along with the fuel needed for its operation.

Secure all goods in warehouses above the water level, and place sandbags in spaces where water could enter. Remove lower drawers from file cabinets, put them in plastic trash bags and store them on top of the cabinets.

Turnoff gas, water heaters, stoves, pilot lights and other burners.