screen printing shop hurricane season

Preparing Your Shop for a Hurricane

Bruce Ackerman is the founder and CEO of Printavo, a business he started in 2012 after growing a print shop in college.  Since that time, Printavo has grown to help shops all over the world get organized and streamlined. He previously held a position as the head of design for Avant. Ackerman also produces content for Printavo's blog, which covers topics of shop management and efficiency. You can contact Ackerman at bruce@printavo.com or visit www.printavo.com

Mapping out a hurricane contingency plan might not be something a shop considers when making business plans for the year, but if you live along the coastline, there's risk in not making it a priority. 

The health and well-being of your family is priority No. 1, and if there is additional time, you want to protect your business assets.

FEMA has a helpful document that you can follow in detail. To summarize, here are some steps to consider:

  1. Document all equipment with photos, serial numbers, and model names. Save this information on a Google Sheet. 
  2. Keep any equipment manuals and maintenance records. Copies are always a great idea.
  3. If you still have equipment receipts, take photos of them on your phone and back them. 
  4. Brace and stabilize equipment to the best of your ability. Ryonet offers shop owners ways to accomplish this step
  5. Move all other electrically powered equipment (i.e., flashes, computers, tablets, etc.) to a different location if possible or stack them on top of tables.
  6. Turn off all power from a power surge unit in your facility.

After returning, take an inventory of all the damage:

  1. As you return, take photos of your shop in its current state. 
  2. Contact your insurance agent to assess the damage.
  3. Contact a certified maintenance professional to assess and repair equipment.

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