- Talk with your staff, and develop a plan of action for when a storm hits. Having these conversations in advance of a storm can greatly reduce concerns and fears.
- Learn how to access your local NOAA Weather Radio station. These stations are part of a network that broadcasts continuous weather information for your area. You can access them online and through NOAA radio apps for your smartphone.
- Fill a safe-deposit box with your important documents, such as insurance policies, licenses and permits. Take pictures of these documents on your phone, if possible, for extra reassurance.
- Create an emergency kit, complete with first aid equipment, a flashlight, extra water and food. Stash it in an accessible location.
- Develop and practice a plan for your customers, in case you need to shelter them in the store during a storm.
- Keep an extra supply of food and water in the back, in case you are unable to leave the store for an extended period of time during a storm.
- Store flashlights in convenient locations, such as under the front counter. They should be easily accessible in case the lights go out.
- Consider purchasing a standby generator, so you can have peace of mind that your business will stay open and your staff and customers will feel safe when storms are threatening your area.
Briggs & Stratton is available to provide advice about purchasing a portable generator or adding a standby generator to your home at briggsandstratton.com.