Guide to Developing a Severe Weather Emergency Plan for Your Business

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Severe weather is one of the great unknowns. It can happen anywhere, at any time, with little to no warning, causing untold devastation to your company.

Worse still, businesses, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, aren’t doing a great job of preparing for emergency weather incidents. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 40 percent of small businesses don’t reopen after a natural disaster. Among those that do, only 29 percent remain operational two years later.

So what does it all mean? Well, as part of their legal and regulatory requirement to keep staff and customers safe, businesses need to adequately prepare for severe weather situations.

Preparedness means developing and implementing severe weather plans based on those likely emergencies. However, this kind of planning can be challenging. Fortunately, though, there are resources to help. We’ve consulted the best of them and put together a step-by-step guide to developing a severe weather emergency plan for your business.

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