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Hurricane Season Starts Today – Is Your Business Protected?

As June 1 marks the official start of hurricane season, business leaders must proactively protect their operations. The 2024 Atlantic hurricane season is predicted to be above normal, with an increased likelihood of more frequent and intense storms. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), this season could see 14-21 named storms, 6-10 hurricanes, and 3-6 major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher)​ (NOAA National Hurricane Center)​.

National Hurricane Center releases 2024 Atlantic hurricane season prediction.
National Hurricane Center releases 2024 Atlantic Hurricane Season prediction. Graphic provided by National Hurricane Center

Why Proactive Preparation is Crucial

Being proactive in your hurricane preparation can significantly reduce the risk of prolonged downtime and ensure the safety of your employees and assets. Here are some key steps to take:

1. Develop a Comprehensive Disaster Recovery Plan

A solid disaster recovery plan is the foundation of business continuity. This plan should cover:

  • Employee Safety Protocols: Ensure all employees know the evacuation routes, emergency contacts, and safety procedures.
  • Data Backup Solutions: Regularly back up critical business data to a secure, off-site location or cloud service.
  • Communication Strategies: Establish clear lines of communication to keep employees informed before, during, and after a hurricane.

2. Conduct Regular Drills and Training

Regular drills and training sessions can help employees become familiar with emergency procedures. These activities can identify potential weaknesses in your disaster recovery plan, allowing you to address them before a real emergency arises.

3. Secure Your Physical Premises

Protect your business’s physical assets by reinforcing windows and doors, securing loose items, and ensuring your building meets hurricane-resistant standards. Consider investing in surge protectors and backup generators to keep essential systems running during power outages.

4. Stay Informed with Reliable Sources

Staying informed about weather conditions and forecasts from reliable sources is crucial. Always follow the National Hurricane Center for official forecasts and guidance. Their updates provide critical information to help you make timely decisions to protect your business.

Utilize WheelHouse IT’s Storm Resources

At WheelHouse IT, we understand the importance of preparedness. Our Visit our Storm Preparedness Page offers a wealth of resources designed to help you prepare for hurricane season. From checklists to best practices, our resources can help you create a robust plan tailored to your business’s needs.

Conclusion

With the 2024 hurricane season predicted to be particularly active, now is the time to take proactive steps to protect your business. By developing a comprehensive disaster recovery plan, conducting regular drills, securing your premises, and staying informed, you can minimize the impact of a hurricane on your operations.

Visit our Storm Preparedness Page for more information and resources on preparing your business for hurricane season. Stay safe and prepared this hurricane season!


By following these guidelines and utilizing the resources provided by WheelHouse IT, you can ensure that your business remains resilient to hurricanes. Don’t wait until it’s too late—start your preparations today!

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