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:
- Document all equipment with photos, serial numbers, and model names. Save this information on a Google Sheet.
- Keep any equipment manuals and maintenance records. Copies are always a great idea.
- If you still have equipment receipts, take photos of them on your phone and back them.
- Brace and stabilize equipment to the best of your ability. Ryonet offers shop owners ways to accomplish this step.
- 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.
- Turn off all power from a power surge unit in your facility.
After returning, take an inventory of all the damage:
- As you return, take photos of your shop in its current state.
- Contact your insurance agent to assess the damage.
- Contact a certified maintenance professional to assess and repair equipment.