Texas businesses are facing a major ice storm in the coming days, and it is essential for owners and managers to be prepared. Here are some tips to help businesses get ready:
- Make sure employees know the plan: Ensure that all employees are aware of the company’s plans for inclement weather, including emergency procedures and expectations for telecommuting or other alternative arrangements.
- Stock up on supplies: It’s always a good idea to have backup supplies on hand, such as salt, sand, or kitty litter, to help keep walkways and parking lots clear. Make sure to have enough food and water in the office as well.
- Protect important equipment: In the event of a power outage, it’s important to protect essential equipment such as computers, phones, and other electronics from damage. Invest in surge protectors and battery backups to help prevent damage.
- Plan for transportation difficulties: Consider alternative transportation options for employees who may have difficulty getting to work during the storm. Offer flexible work arrangements such as telecommuting or working from home if possible.
- Stay informed: Keep up-to-date with the latest weather information, and have a plan in place for communicating with employees during the storm. Consider setting up a company-wide communication system such as an email or text alert system.
- Be prepared for disruptions: Despite best efforts, the storm may cause disruptions to your business operations. Plan ahead by having backup plans in place and identifying critical processes that need to continue even during the storm.
By taking these steps, Texas businesses can help ensure that they are ready for the upcoming ice storm and able to continue operations as smoothly as possible. Stay safe!