Whether you're self-employed, manage a small team or run a large business, preparing for severe weather can save a lot of trouble when it arrives.
Take time to think about how severe weather might affect your business - and get ready in ways that are cost effective and suit your circumstances.
These tips can help:
- Be prepared for severe weather by ensuring that you have appropriate insurance cover for all aspects of your business
- Encourage your staff to talk about how severe weather may affect your business and share ideas on how best to avoid disruption
- Some staff may be unable to get to work - make sure you know how you would operate in their absence and consider remote or flexible working
- Plan ahead and talk to your staff about what 'essential travel' means for them and your business
- Be prepared for all kinds of severe weather - looking after your staff and customers will help maintain cash-flow and help build a reputation for reliability
- Think ahead and plan how you would operate if you couldn't access or use part of your premises, and how you would evacuate staff or move stock
- Put contingency plans in place for how you would manage if there was a power, phone or other utility failure
- Getting ready for severe weather is a good opportunity to check that you are not taking unnecessary risks elsewhere in your business - like equipment or IT failure
- Put plans in place and make the most of social media and other communication channels during periods of severe weather to maintain regular contact with customers, suppliers and staff to help overcome problems
- Do you have alternative arrangements in case your suppliers suffer a disruption to their business?