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Are You Prepared for the Next Hurricane?

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Hello RFMA members,

Well, we are about half way thru the hurricane season and have been lucky so far. It's not a matter of if a hurricane will strike the US, it's when. Are you and your stores prepared? Is your Disaster Management Plan been updated and ready? Might be a good time to check up on your plan. A few main items to review are:

- Are the proper communications for decision making satisfactorily documented?

- Who make the call on when to close the restaurant? When to give the ok for board up?

- Do you have your contractor lined up? Are they prepared with the proper manpower and materials to protect your store(s)?

- Are the restaurants prepared with the correct materials to have on hand, i.e., flashlights, batteries, generators, drinking water, first aid kits, spare cash, etc?

- Who makes the decision on when to reopen?

- Does store operations have all the correct contact info for their employees, food suppliers, Health & Building department officials?

These are just some of the questions that need to have answers in preparing for the next Hurricane. Safety is always the number one concern for this type of event. Better to be over prepared than under.

There is a large amount of Disaster Management resources available on our website in the Resource Library in the Facilities Toolkit section and there is a Disaster Management Online Learning Module in our CRFP Prep Course. Additionally, check out some of our past Disaster Management articles in Facilitator listed below.

Facility Manager Project Profile: Disaster Recovery
By: Curtis Dukes, CRFP

Repairs & Maintenance: Forming a Crisis Management Plan
By: Bill Schaphorst with JC Gonzalez and MaryAnn Velez contributing

Facility Manager Project Profile: Disaster Preparedness Planning
By: Charlie Hartmann

Dover and out.


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