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As the Bomb Cyclone wreaks havoc on the East Coast, many businesses all over the country are feeling the effects. Roads are inaccessible, flights are delayed, shipping is stalled, clients and vendors are without power- this can be inconvenient as well as detrimental to your daily business during the winter months. Whether you are directly in the storms path or collateral damage, here are some tips to make sure your business makes it through:
Whether your business is touched by hurricanes, snow, wild fires or tsunamis, it's always wise to have an inclement weather or natural disaster policy. A clear outline of expectations and guidelines for employees and emergency numbers are great way to keep things organized during any kind of weather.
For places like the East Coast, planning for inclement weather in the winter is a no-brainer. Planning ahead and having a back up can save a lot of time and money. This can mean finding a secondary location to conduct business, this can be backing up your servers and converting paper documents to electronic form, this can even mean an alternative list of vendors if others are delayed or shut down due to weather. Brainstorm what is imperative to keeping your business up and running- like software systems, mailing services, phone, internet and outline solutions for when the storm hits.
If you have employees who travel via air or road, prepare. You may want to purchase refundable tickets during the winter months if flights are cancelled. Make sure company cars are running properly and outfitted with snow tires or chains. Worst case scenario, cancel all travel during bad weather. While day-to-day business is important, the safety and well being of your employees should be #1.
Many organizations and relief groups have resources for effected businesses. The American Red Cross can provide some assistance, but check into local agencies that can help with clean up and recovery. These organization may also have ways for your business to assist others dealing with inclement weather. If you have products or services that may help in a time of need, reach out to your fellow business owners and offer your support.
All-in-all, you will want to keep your eye on the weather channel and local news. Communication is key- keeping employees, clients and vendors informed of your business plans during inclement weather conditions should keep things running smoothly, even if you have to dig out to get to work!