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“Tropical Storm Gordon has made landfall in Mississippi just west of the Alabama border, according to the National Hurricane Center. At least one death has been attributed to a fallen tree caused by the storm,” writes Bill Chappell, Vanessa Romo, and Barbara Campbell in their recent NPR article entitled “Tropical Storm Gordon Makes Landfall In Mississippi.”
According to the article, “Forecasters have urged people along the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida to be wary of a dangerous storm surge and flash floods.”
“As of 2 a.m. ET, maximum sustained winds had decreased to 50 mph, with higher gusts. The storm was moving at 14 mph, some 40 miles west of Mobile, Ala,” the article continues.
“Its current path indicates it will move inland over the lower Mississippi Valley through Wednesday.”
“An oak tree fell on a mobile on the south side of Pensacola, Fla., killing one child, according to Escambia County Emergency Communications,” the writers explain.
According to the NPR piece, “The NHC says Gordon is expected to unleash a slew of hazards in several southern coastal states, including torrential rain, life-threatening inundation, powerful winds, and tornadoes.”
Now, whether your property is StormReady or not, we believe we can offer some best practices for protecting your property (and community) in the event that adverse weather hits.
Today, we’re going to share actionable, efficient ways to counter the effects of bad weather.
Are you ready?!
Below are our recommended steps for managing the impact of severe weather on your property (and your community).
It’s time to keep the tens, hundreds, and thousands of people you’re charged with protecting safe.
Whether you have guidelines in place already, are looking for a benchmark to get started, or plan to become StormReady, you must anticipate these threats.
Here are some ways to be ready for adverse weather threatening your property, and the people you protect:
A public service announcement (PSA) will notify customers that a report of pending weather problems requires standard operations to cease.
Now, let’s say the weather passes your property.
Wet spots and puddles might remain.
This scenario means incidents such as wet spills can occur.
These can quickly escalate to major medical issues, starting with a slip & fall.
You need to trust that your staff handles the aftermath appropriately.
Train them well to keep your customers (and themselves) safe.
Train your team to execute these adverse weather methods.
They’ve got to be ready for anything!
So, set your team up for success.
Develop their knowledge of your property’s guidelines.
Show them how to mitigate incidents that stem from the after-effects of severe weather.
Be the proactive leader they need.
Use tabletop exercises to run real-life practice scenarios using the methods above.
Do it while asking and answering these seven questions:
Deliver the safest experience.
Practice like everyone’s life depends on it because it just might one of these days.
Training your employees on the procedures above is a good practice.
But, don’t rely on them to recall every aspect of training.
Certain types of situations don’t always happen, which means they’ll likely forget how to perform when the times comes.
You need everything communicated effectively and in real time.
You also need your team to execute these protocols efficiently.
Put the right incident management infrastructure in place to get real-time data.
Have communication throughout all your personnel.
Real-time communication is the only way to receive real-time data.
It’s especially important during severe weather.
You must eliminate poor communication and how it affects the safety of your customers.
So, how do you accomplish this?
An Incident management system (IMS) helps your team communicate and understand the information needed during weather-related instances.
Don’t stop at your IMS.
Enhance your real-time communications (and solution) with incident management mobile apps.
These apps will help your operations center communicate protocols efficiently.
What does all of this help you achieve?
Faster response times.
Everyone is being notified simultaneously and without communication bottlenecks.
The system captures all the actions associated with an incident.
Then, it communicates proper protocols to your teams.
Let’s say that a high priority incident occurs because of your most recent evacuation.
Your staff doesn’t hesitate with an implemented system.
How professional does your team look?
We think you know the answer.
This ability is Proactive Operations.
Do you see how having all the following safeguards in place can help you prepare your property for unfavorable weather?
Preparation like this is how you keep your customers, property, and community safe any time you’re needed.
Now a tropical depression, Gordon is still on its destructive path filled with rainfall that could result in severe flooding through today. So, while we may not be able to do much, we offer these guidelines to you for consideration.
You don’t know when the adverse weather will hit your property. But, taking the time to prepare now will ensure the safety of your customers when the time comes.
Are you prepared?