The Phases of Storm Safety
Every region has its own storm season, and the area around Adams, NY, is no different. While you cannot guard against everything that might happen during a storm, you can develop a few habits that will leave you better prepared to face the next rain storm that hits your commercial property.
Severe Storm Season
When storm season approaches, start thinking about how you are going to keep your business and employees safe. There are several things you can do to prepare:
- Roof inspections to identify weak spots or troublesome debris
- Tree trimming to minimize the chance that branches will be torn off by high winds
- Lightning rod inspection to ensure that they are installed correctly
- Employee training to inform them about emergency procedures
The sooner that you start preparing for the first rain storm of the season, the more likely it is that you can minimize the damage it causes.
Severe Storm Watch
The National Weather Service may issue a severe thunderstorm watch. As soon as this watch is announced, make sure that the people to whom you have designated certain duties, such as shutting down operations, making head counts and alerting emergency services, are aware that their actions may be needed soon. It is also a good idea to send out an email to let everyone know that storms are possible and to remind them of the safety plan.
Severe Storm Warning
Once the severe storm warning has been issued, it is time to put your plan into action. Sound the alarm in your building to let everyone know that they need to head to the designated safety area. This area should be an interior room that is far away from windows and skylights. High winds can cause glass to break, which is a danger to anyone in its path.
If you plan ahead, a rain storm doesn't have to catch you by surprise. With preparation and a solid emergency plan, you can weather storm season and its effects on your building.