When the storm clears, and it will, and you’re left with the damage that some hurricane, flood, tornado or tropical storm causes, it is normal to feel overwhelmed. Naturally, you want to get your business back on its feet as quickly as you can.
Getting back to business after the storm
Here are some great ideas to help you get back on your feet and back to business. But most importantly, as stress-free as possible.
The most critical detail for storm recovery is safety. If the storm is still going on or there are travel restrictions locally, listen to them. If it’s not safe to be on the road, wait until it is! There is nothing to be gained by going out in weather where you could cause further harm to yourself or others – this includes your customers, your employees and all of your families! Because we all know, weather doesn’t just come when we are home and comfy in our homes.
Have a crisis protocol in place
In this case, hopefully you already have one prepared and you are on your way to implementing it. Storm preparation is going to be even more important than storm recovery that way. For example, your merchandise can be moved to higher ground; your employees can know that they’re to follow local emergency protocols for sheltering in place, etc. If everyone knows what to do and how to protect themselves wherever they are, that works best. A well-oiled machine, essentially.
Take note of recovery needs
After the storm has passed, you’re going to start by taking stock of what you have to repair. For example, is your storefront intact? Do you have electricity and/or gas connected after the storm recedes? These services should be reconnected as soon as it is safe to do so. Don’t try to pressure hard-working professionals to do it earlier — it won’t do you any good, and it might even mean a slowdown!
Is there damage to your exterior sales sign or your parking lot lights? If so, we can help take down, repair, and/or replace your storefront sign to help you get your business back to looking its professional self. We can also help with parking lot lights. We also work directly with your insurance providers to save you the inconvenience, hassle and stress.
Contact your insurance provider
With that being said, if there is any amount of damage at all, focus on contacting your insurance provider so that you have a plan in place to put in a claim. The faster and more streamlined this process is, the faster you’ll get your payout to help you get back on your feet again. This requires documentation, photos, and paperwork.
Make communication a priority
If you have stakeholders and investors, ensure that you keep in regular communication with all of them so that they know their investment is as safe and as cared for as possible. Not only is this helpful for engagement, but it also shows professionalism, and these investors know that you are familiar with how to run your business, even during a weather-related crisis.
Your business can recover from a storm and weather-related issues much easier than you’d think. The whole concept is just to focus on the right steps for recovery and ensure that you stay in charge of the entire process as much as possible!
Contact Bay Area Signs & Electrical at (281) 967-7141 with help on your post-storm recovery for your business signs and parking lot lights.