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Susan M. Heathfield

Ready for Hurricane Sandy?

By October 27, 2012

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Weather reports predict that Hurricane Sandy will land on the populous east coast. Current predictions are that the storm will bring wind, torrential rain, flooding, and a loss of electrical power for days over a wide area. Additionally, public transportation may be unavailable.

These conditions are hardly conducive to work as usual. Employees will be unable to get to work even if their workplace is open. Conditions may be so unsafe that you want employees staying home. Additionally, they may experience challenges with a storm damaged home and children who are unable to go to school or daycare.

Are You Prepared?

Every business needs a contingency plan that preserves the business and helps employees know what to do in cases of weather or other emergencies. The plan must preserve company data, preserve company property and set up a notification system for employees.

You also need to develop a policy about working from home at the employee's discretion if roads are too hazardous. It is dependent on your culture and what your business does, but I recommend closing the office if weather, such as a hurricane or a snowstorm, is expected.

I recognize that many companies require employees to physically serve customers so understand that other businesses may need to make decisions differently.

Tragedies can strike at any time at an employee's home or in your workplace. The key is to have a plan that all employees understand so that business continuity is assured.

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