Running a successful business isn’t just about making sales and providing customer service. You also have to ensure the doors are unlocked and there’s a staff of people inside. While this seems too basic to worry about, planning ahead for spring weather issues is the only way to ensure you meet those two simple objectives.
Planning for Flooding
Although spring is a time of new life and blossoming, it takes rain to make everything in nature turn green after a long winter. Because spring often brings a substantial amount of rain, there’s the potential for flooding. Not only can flooded roads keep customers from coming in, it could also make it dangerous for your employees to report for work.
The best way to prepare for spring flooding is to determine whether you’re in an area likely to flood if spring rains are heavy. You can accomplish this by looking at historical trends. Some areas flood every time it rains, while others only flood during the worst storms.
Don’t forget to also find out if your employees must travel through an area in danger of flooding. This can help you make appropriate changes to your staff schedule based on the weather forecast.
Planning for Severe Weather
Hail and tornados are also a part of spring for some areas of the country. While these events often occur with little or no warning, you can still prepare your business for the worst. Specific areas to consider include:
- Personal and employee safety
- Security of key business documents and records
- Security of valuables, like cash.
Securing your records prior to a natural disaster is one way to ensure your business will continue to function. If you have critical information on your office computers, consider backing up your information to an offsite location. By the same token, you can keep your most important business documents in a safe deposit box or a fire-proof safe in your home.
In order to protect the lives of you and your staff during a tornado, make sure everyone knows the procedures for securing valuables and taking shelter. For example, employees in a retail environment may believe they need to put their cash drawers in the vault before they take shelter. While this is a good practice, it could endanger the lives of your employees when the danger is imminent.
Planning for Spring Allergies
Seasonal allergies are a less severe spring weather issue, but can still cause problems. Even though most people with allergies know to take their own allergy medications at home, it’s still wise to keep a supply of non-drowsy allergy medicine with your first aid kit. This can be an invaluable resource for employees when allergies attack without warning.