How To Prepare Your FFL For A Natural Disaster

Hurricane FFL

Hurricane Season Is Here – Get Your FFL Ready

It has already been an extremely active hurricane season; it is the first time that 14 tropical storms formed before September. Historically, September is the most active month for tropical disturbances. Meteorologists are currently tracking three systems, with a fourth disturbance expected to form later in the week. With Hurricane Laura’s impact still fresh in our mind and the potential for new storms to develop soon, this is an excellent time to review your disaster FFL preparedness plan.

Taking the proper precautions before a disaster can make restarting your business after an emergency a lot easier, saving time, money, and stress. We recommend that you establish a plan using the following four areas.

People

The most critical resource in any business is your people. It is essential to understand how your employees will handle the storm. Determine if they are sheltering locally or somewhere farther away. Make sure you have access to all of their emergency contact information. It is essential to know what resources you will need as you prepare to reopen.

Facility & Inventory

If your business is likely to be directly impacted by a storm, consider your risk factors. Do you have large windows that will need to be secure to prevent flying debris from damaging them? Are you in a low-lying area that is likely to be flooded? Can you relocate inventory to elevated areas within the facility? Do you have the necessary cleanup equipment, pumps, air driers, etc.? You may want to consider contracting with an organization before the storm; this can facilitate a faster response.

Records

Consider what will happen if your paper records or even your on-site electronic get damaged. Customers using our cloud-based electronic bound book will find that they are already well-positioned to weather any disaster. If you are not using an electronic bound book, there are still things you can do to minimize your risk. For example, making backups of all your important documents and keeping a set of backup records in a location where they are not likely to be damaged.

Summary

There are a lot of things to consider when developing a plan. We have created a checklist and additional documents for readers to utilize as they prepare their disaster plans. Please review the documents carefully and adjust as needed for your situation. Always follow guidance from your local authorities.

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