Getting your business ready to open again after a disaster
If you’re like most Gulf Coast residents, you’ve learned a lot about the unpredictability of life during the COVID-19 pandemic. After all, no one saw a pandemic coming.
Business owners have been hit particularly hard during the pandemic. They’ve had to search for new ways to operate and connect with customers and manage new and shifting obligations (like transforming the dining room into a virtual classroom).
While most of us had no plans to deal with 2020, diligent business owners always have strategies for dealing with more common disasters, like a fire, destructive storm or flooding.
Having the plans and implementing them in the face of disaster, however, are different things.
We work with business owners all the time, so we know what it takes to get your business up and running again. Here’s some of the best advice we can give business owners facing a restoration scenario.
From Disaster to Reopening
Because we want to help business owners thrived, we’ve pulled together some of the best tips to help you deal with the restoration process:
Don’t forget about your plans. This sounds simple, but it can be challenging to work through your programs after something as jarring as a natural disaster. Remember your plans and why you’ve put them in place. Depending on your business, that may include moving to a backup location.
Assist your employees as you can. Don’t forget this disaster will impact your employees, too. You can reach out to organizations like the Small Business Administration (SBA) for help.
Document and photograph the damage. You’ll want to take photographs before you clean up the damage. You’ll also want to inventory everything that was damaged. Your insurance company will need this vital information, so be prepared to provide it.
Regularly out to critical stakeholders. It’s easier now than it’s ever been to reach out to your suppliers, your employees, your customers and your community. You can use everything from social media and an email list to an old-fashioned phone call.
Work with the right partners. Choose competent professionals to work on your restoration process and repair any of the damage. It will make opening up again easier.
If a fire, flood or any other cause damages your business, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have crews who are available 24⁄7 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you.
Preparing for a Major Storm on the Gulf Coast
Preparing for a Major Storm on the Gulf Coast | SERVPRO® of Biloxi/Ocean Springs/Gulfport Hurricane season will be starting again in the next few months. Are you ready for it? If not, then you have time to prepare. Living as we do near the coast and in a part of the country that has been hit by hurricanes several times in recent memory, it’s smart to be sure you know what to do if a storm is predicted to hit Biloxi, Gulfport or Ocean Springs. Make Your Emergency Plan Here’s what you should do to get ready for the 2021 hurricane season. Know your evacuation route. It’s vital to know how you, your family and pets will safely get out of your home and area. You can find posted evacuation routes in most areas. Practice them. Pack your emergency kit. Essential documents, medications, eyeglasses and items needed for you and your pets should all find a place in your emergency kit. Be sure these items are in places where you can grab them easily. Consider including non-perishable food items (like granola bars and bottled water) and flashlights, too. Secure your home. If you have time, securing your home should be part of it. Shutter or cover your windows, secure your outdoor furniture and your home. Also, take an inventory of valuables in your home to have them quickly if you need to file an insurance claim. Don’t wait to leave. If your neighborhood is ordered to evacuate the area, get out as soon as possible and move inland. Why SERVPRO Is a Powerful Partner When there’s a storm damage emergency in our region, residents know they can trust SERVPRO to help them restore the damage. Here’s why: We’re a local business with the right experience. We know what life is like here on the Gulf Coast and how severe storms and flooding can come with all the benefits of beautiful beaches. Because we know what to expect, we’re prepared to meet families’ needs in this region. We have the teams and staffing to work fast. Because we’ve weathered hurricanes and storms in the past, we know what it takes to quickly begin the restoration process. We’re prepared to call in extra help as we need it, so local families don’t have to wait for the process to begin. We employ expert technicians who use the latest technology. Our teams are part of the SERVPRO national family, so we can access any of the training and technology that a large, trusted company can provide. We use that edge to bring the best restoration service to our community. If your home is damaged due to a storm or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 24/7 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.