As Hurricane Arthur makes its way up the East Coast, the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) are reminding small businesses to prepare for this year’s Atlantic hurricane season which runs June 1 through November 30, peaking mid-August to late October. Hurricanes create potentially hazardous conditions for both the physical property and operational continuity of any business enterprise.
The SBDC advises that the best way that companies can prepare for strong winds, flooding, and other hurricane-related hazards is to develop mitigating strategies to be ready in case of a Hurricane or other impact to the business. Preparedness measures include protection of critical business data, valuable assets, and investment in emergency equipment such as generators.
It is important for businesses to be informed when faced with an impending Hurricane. The following resources are available to assist business owners in knowing what to expect during a Hurricane as well as ways to be notified of future storms:
As part of its ongoing Business Continuity and Survival Services, the Pennsylvania SBDC maintains expert business consultants, experienced in preparing small business for unforeseen interruptions and responding to business needs associated with emergency situations such as recovering from hurricanes, floods, as well as more routine business interruptions. Business owners are encouraged to contact their local SBDC while preparing their business for potential hazards and business interruptions.