Ten Tips to Help Businesses Prepare for Severe Weather

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Evaluate systems and business processes.

The first step in ensuring that the office is ready for the elements is to assess current systems and business processes. This provides businesses with a thorough understanding of what the consequences would be with an outage or work stoppage, and allows them to prioritize in which order equipment should be brought back online. Businesses should also do an analysis to associate a dollar value to the expected downtime to help gain management buy-in.

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Recent events have proven that severe weather effects can be devastating to businesses. Economists have estimated the latest bout of severe weather could cost the economy $5 billion or more. Part of that economic blow comes from lost productivity for businesses that have to close entirely, or because employees can't get to work due to hazardous conditions. Do businesses have any options other than to wait out the storm? The short answer is "yes."

Now is the time for businesses to make sure their office is ready to face the elements. Power outages, blocked roads and school closures are just a few of the things that can have a severe negative effect on productivity and the bottom line. Having plans in place and creative work options for employees can be the difference between profit and loss during challenging weather events.

In this slideshow, Digium shares 10 tips to help ensure that businesses will be able to survive not only winter weather, but all weather-related closures or slowdowns.

 

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