Top 5 things to do for your business during #blizzard2016
Most of the East Coast is about to get hit with a monster snowstorm. Up here in Maine, we’ll be spared for a change, but we have lots of experience dealing with snow and weather disruptions. Just like how the Police Department in Bangor, Maine shared advice for how to weather the storm personally, we thought we’d share some of our tips for how you should prepare as a business.
- Be flexible! Cancel or reschedule meetings, or hold them by computer or phone. It’s going to take some time to dig out from two feet of snow, and the recovery time will likely take longer than you think. Safety first!
- Have a plan for snow and ice removal. Make sure you have a plan in place to get rid of all the snow and ice from your property and sidewalks, to avoid damage to your buildings and to ensure that customers can safely access your building. Snow and ice are a major safety hazard that can result in expensive and time-consuming liability claims.
- Work on your ‘business continuity plan.’ Do you have a plan for how to communicate with employees if they can’t get into the office? Do you know what you’ll do if a crucial vendor can’t get back up and running when you need them. Take the next few days to make sure you’re ready for future events!
- Is your office weatherproofed? Make sure that plans are in place to avoid burst pipes or ice dams that can shut down operations long after the storm has passed. Ready.gov has some great tips for how to prepare for winter storms and extreme cold.
- Take time to make business plans for the future. As people are dealing with the snow or entertaining kids who can’t make it to school, the phone stops ringing and emails become sparse. Take advantage of the quiet to really think about the future of your business and what you need to do to stay competitive. We have lots of great information personalized for you after you take our root360.org evaluation, so feel free to use it as a starting point for your strategic planning.
Good luck with the storm!