As hurricane seasons go, 2019 is expected to be average, at best, with nine to 15 named storms and two major hurricanes. Yet, as good as today’s predictive weather models are, even forecasters with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration began the 2019 hurricane season on June 1 by urging residents in the southeastern U.S. to plan for the worst, prepare well in advance, and protect themselves against the costliest damages.
Sentinel’s Storm Center is here to help you do just that. This site contains all the information, resources, planning tools and emergency contacts you’ll need to plan, prepare and protect your home, business, and personal assets in the event that a major storm affects us here in the Carolinas.
And should you experience a loss and need to file a storm-related claim, follow the instructions in the storm center’s File a Claim section. Getting your life back on track as quickly and easily as possible is our top priority.
Business Continuity Planning
Major weather events, like 2018’s Hurricane Florence, are often the wake-up call we need to put better business continuity planning into place. Don’t wait until the next major storm is brewing to implement these simple, strategic steps and avoid costly disruptions to your business operations.
Putting simple strategies into place can go a long way to securing your business and company assets. Sentinel advises that you take the following steps to avoid disruption to your business where possible, and to mitigate damage to your revenue, brand and reputation in the event that a hurricane or tropical storm causes an interruption.
Communication is key! Having an emergency communication plan in place is the most cost-effective step your company can take to maintain operations during and after a storm. And, should your business lose power and cease operations, a communication strategy will ensure that the recovery process can begin immediately. Ensure that company managers have secondary means of communication if working from home or offsite, and that key personnel have access to company data and records, usually through a secure laptop computer, when away from the office.
Data. Perform system backups, both on servers and for cloud storage, as soon as possible. Going forward, make this part of your IT protocol. If print records are vital to your business, make sure they are stored safely.
Power. It’s likely your business will lose power during Hurricane Florence. Will it be for five minutes, or five days? How essential is it that your facility and its systems remain on line? If the answer is “very,” it is time to consider a commercial generator. They aren’t cheap, but are a good investment when weighed against the resulting loss of business and damage to your brand.
Vendors/Suppliers. Do you have an alternative supply chain strategy? If not, try to put one in place as quickly as possible. After all, any single point of failure can have a snowball effect on operations. Establish a working relationship with backup providers of the most critical services you rely on to run your business.
Continuity. If you don’t have a business continuity plan already in place, it’s not too late to put components of one into place before Hurricane Florence hits. For details on how to develop a plan that works for your company, click here: http://sentinelra.info/events/business-interruption
Contact Sentinel: Before or After a Storm Hits
- Before: Have a question about your coverage, or just need advice? Call us at: 855-490-2528.
- After: Need to report a claim? Click here to contact your claims team.
- Having trouble getting through? Call Sentinel’s hurricane-proof Storm Center number at: (919) 710-8472.