With major storms predicted across the US every year, preparing for winter is now a necessity, not a choice. Freak weather conditions have become more prevalent due to the climate crisis, so it is now more important than ever before that you’re prepared for worst-case scenarios. Not only is it important you protect your assets, it’s a matter of protecting your workforce too.
Having a plan of action for the colder months is a great starting point, as this will reduce the panic when the heavy snow starts to fall or a nasty blizzard arrives. So, what should you be doing to reduce the impact of harmful weather? How can you best prepare? Start with these 5 top tips on how to prepare for the blustering winter.
A detailed plan
It sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised how many businesses across the USA do not have a plan of action in place. This is a basic starting point, and vital if you want to ensure your livelihood is protected. Make sure you involve the team – after all, this won’t just affect you. Sit everyone down and draw up a plan, include all aspects of your business and consider how this could be affected by harsh weather conditions. Think about your staff too, how can you help them in the event of bad weather?
Equipment for staff
If you provide company cars or other vehicles, consider investing in snow tyres and chains where necessary. The last thing you want is your team slipping and sliding around on ice as this could result in a serious accident. You may also want to consider providing your staff with emergency winter packs for their car. This should include a shovel, blanket, phone charger and perhaps a few extras such as cereal bars just in case they end up stranded for a few hours.
A contingency plan
The weather can be unpredictable at the best of times, so have a plan of action for every possible scenario. If the snow was to damage power lines, would you lose any important data? Consider all of the possibilities, and be sure to have a back-up plan at all times. Keep all of your systems and data regularly backed-up and invest in external hard-drives to store anything of particular importance. If you rely on software, you might want to think about how you could get around any issues in the event of loss of power. Failure to prepare, is preparing to fail, after-all.
A supply of salt
In the event of harsh winds, ice and blizzards, you will need to consider your workspace and how safe this is during freak weather conditions. Strong winds have been known to separate houses from their foundations, and that’s the last thing you want to deal with during a snowstorm. Look into the various different options available so that your business can still operate a skeleton service in the event of bad weather conditions. A steel building structure is a cost-effective and secure solution. As well as providing shelter, these structures are also great for housing salt stockpiles which are a necessity when roads are icy. Salt is arguably one of the most important winter maintenance materials, and will enable you to ensure the car park and roads surrounding your workplace are safe for staff to drive on.
Technology outside of the workplace
If your staff are unable to make it into work, then you will need to think about how you can invest in technology that will enable them to work from home. Home workers aren’t lazy, according to studies, they’re actually more productive than office-based workers. It’s better to be able to have your team work from home than not work at all, so it might be a case of investing a few extra dollars but the long-term benefits will be worth it. Ensure your team has a reliable laptop, good internet connection and possibly even access to your server. This is where investing in your IT pays off.
By implementing our tips, you can be confident that you’ll make it through the unpredictable winter weather without a worry.