In a disaster, the same conditions that destroy homes and buildings can take out vital cellular communications.
The superstorm forced coastal water surges from Florida to Maine -- with parts of New York City seeing the worst flooding. Assign one of your current employees the position of safety controller in your plan for natural disaster preparedness.
Establish a backup plan that will allow you to continue business even in the event of a natural disaster at work.
Recognize that all businesses are vulnerable in a natural disaster and that even if there has never been one in your region, you should still be prepared by implementing an emergency strategy at work.
As a resource, here is a selection of articles to not only help you prepare for the next disaster but allow you to reflect on last year's storm.
Your business should also have a business continuity plan that outlines what you will do and who you can call on to help keep your business running in the event of a disaster. For instance, you may use email blasts, text blasts and voice broadcasting, which allows you to simultaneously send a voice message to everyone's office phone and cell phone.


Through the agency's Office of Disaster Assistance, any business, regardless of size, that is located in a declared disaster area can apply for low-rate, long-term loans to help recover from physical damage. This person will be responsible for all aspects of emergency administration, from posting emergency materials throughout the office, to coordinating fire exercises and evacuation strategies.
Even if your property was not damaged, you can apply for a working capital loan from the SBA to relieve the economic injury caused by the disaster. Only you know what you need, so determine that you are prepared for what could occur, whether it is a flood, hurricane, tornado or whatever natural disaster is applicable regionally.
With the technology available these days, there is no reason why a business would become incapacitated during a natural disaster because of a failure to back-up files. She enjoys starting articles about real problems she has in life, as well as ones about quirky topics like How to Use Life Hacks.
For retailers and other businesses that often have customers on site, consider installing intercoms to issue instructions to staff and customers at the same time. The implementation of these methods may not come into fruition, but it is smart business sense to be prepared.


Opt for setting everyone up with a smartphone so that even if the office building is out of commission in a natural disaster, business will still be up and running. And when disaster hits — be it a hurricane or something else — few things become more critical than our wireless phones. They keep us connected to loved ones, often serve as lifelines and can provide access to essential information. Mike House is almost certain the call will go through.  Mike House, Verizon senior switch technician, explains how these rows of equipment make cellular calls possible. The company also has portable cellphone towers and stations, which can provide added capacity in high-demand situations.  “We’ll start preparing as soon as a storm is identified or named, so we’ll start our preparation sometimes two weeks in advance,” says Verizon network operations director Jim Blake. T-Mobile says it sets up an “engineering command center near the expected area of impact, allowing for a rapid response.” Tanya Jones, national manager for Sprint’s Emergency Response Center, says Sprint is already staging a fleet of backup satellite trucks along the coast. He cautions doing so would be difficult. Until then, he says, your mobile provider is only as good as its last disaster.



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