It is both wildfire and hurricane seasons in the US and the U.S. Forest Service warns this year could be especially significant for wildfires and Hurricane Season is at best unpredictable. Cushnoc Resiliency Advisors, a U.S. based consulting firm specializing in business continuity and disaster recovery planning is reminding consumers and businesses owners to do their part to be prepared in the event of a natural disaster.
“Having a robust level of preparedness at all businesses, no matter how big or small, is critically important. This will protect everyone who works there, and help to ensure the continued success of your business. The best way to make this happen is to have a company plan, and maintain a preparedness kit 365 days a year,” said Patrick Dunn, President of Cushnoc Resiliency Advisors.
While strangers will reach out to help others during a natural disaster, scammers make situations worse by trying to take advantage of victims. The Better Business Bureau reminds those affected by natural disasters to beware of out-of-town contractors soliciting businesses with ill intentions. While they may not all be frauds, they may lack the proper licensing for your area, offer quick fixes or make big promises they can’t deliver. The con artists typically show up after a natural disaster offering to help with cleanup for a low cost. Be sure to research any company before doing business with them and never be pressured into making quick decisions when solicited by a contractor.
Remember, it’s just as important to be prepared before disaster strikes. Here are some steps you can take to get your home and business ready:
Keep documents secure. Store your documents in a safe place that is easy to access such as a safe deposit box. This includes your Social Security card, birth certificate, passport and any other official, hard-to-replace documents. Documents not kept in a safe can land in the wrong hands.
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Have a plan. Familiarize yourself with your town’s emergency plans for shelter and evacuation. Have a list of emergency contacts, the locations frequented by family members and know the specific needs of household members, including animals.
Practice emergency drills. Businesses should practice drills with employees and have processes in place to account for employees in the event of a disaster.
Lock up customers’ information. Remember to safeguard your customers’ privacy by protecting their data. Lock up important papers or transfer them to the cloud to keep them safe and intact.
For more information contact Cushnoc Resiliency Advisors today at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (207) 465-6002