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Hurricane Season 2019: has your organization taken these preparatory steps?

With the 2019 Hurricane Season now underway, International SOS has provided a checklist for organizations to consider for protecting facilities, operations and employees.

“Over the last several years we have experienced brutal hurricanes that caused a lot of devastation in multiple areas,” said Matthew Bradley, Regional Security Director of International SOS and Control Risks. “The frequency and severity of such hurricanes not only have a tragic cost to human life but businesses in affected areas have suffered too. It is important to implement safe practices that prepare businesses and travellers for extreme weather conditions, and education is the best way to do this.”

The checklist is as follows:

  • Identify and assign risk ratings to locations and facilities based on the probabilities of hurricane impact using historical geographic data.
  • Provide all tools necessary that impact your personnel in the workplace, helping to support business continuity.
  • Be prepared to suspend travel to and operations at at-risk locations for periods of a week or more.
  • Establish appropriate thresholds for restricting travel and a clear structure in place to communicate these measures throughout the organisation, both locally and more broadly.
  • Account for access disruption, to include enabling employees to have the capability and equipment to work from remotely/from home.
  • Develop pre-scripted messages and test means of mass notification to ensure functionality of messaging prior to an emergency.
  • Consider a table-top exercise of your organisation’s incident management or business continuity plan to assess preparedness and identify areas for improvement.
  • Ensure reliable information sources are available to travellers and staff to stay apprised as storm paths and severity.

For organisations interested in protecting their workforce during hurricane season, a pre-scripted playbook and plan can be downloaded here (registration required).

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