El Niño: Is your business prepared?January 12, 2016
2016 is an El Niño year, and it’s here!
Whether you’re a business or resident, the message is the same: 2016 is an El Niño year. As we saw with storms earlier this week, that means lots of heavy wind and rainfall this season. These conditions could wreak havoc in Southern California, and Carlsbad is no exception. Flooding, mudslides, sinkholes, extended power outages and traffic accidents are just a handful of the problems that El Niño can bring. Creating an El Niño disaster preparedness plan is just as much a necessity for your business as it is for your home. It is better to have a plan and not need it, than to need one and not have it.
- Some businesses are subject to flooding. Determine if your business is located in a flood plain. Visit the Ready San Diego web page for El Niño to find out.
- Read up on your insurance policy. Do you have flood insurance? Do you have enough coverage?
- Back up computer files and make copies of all important documents and store them somewhere safely outside your business.
- Take photos of your inventory and store the photos with your important documents.
- Collaborate with neighboring businesses so you can assist each other in a disaster.
- Keep a three day supply of nonperishable food and water at your businesses.
- Plan for continuity of business operations and consider whether employees can telecommute or work from home. Include contingency plans with suppliers and how you’re going to get the resources you need for your business to operate.
- Consider when to shelter in place and what factors might exist to cause you to shelter. Know what resources are needed to shelter in place.
- Be prepared with an evacuation plan and share it with employees.
- Create a contact list with emails and phone numbers so you can connect with employees in a disaster.
- Make plans for your family to ensure their safety and your peace of mind while you are away.
- Visit www.readysandiego.org to register your mobile phone and email for emergency alerts and download the San Diego County Emergency App.