The plight of Delaware got me thinking about human nature. If you’re wondering what Delaware and human nature have in common besides a love of delicious crab meat, read on.
The National Weather Service has been issuing dire warnings about Hurricane Sandy for well over a week now. In spite of that, many coastal Delaware residents chose to stay home, ignoring orders to evacuate, which forced firefighters and the National Guard to go save them. Obviously, not an ideal situation.
The human tendency is to put off worrying about tomorrow and think the worst will not happen to you, despite insurmountable evidence to the contrary. That’s what happened in Delaware, and that’s what can happen to your small business unless you pay attention to warnings like these.
We’ve talked about being ready for disasters in the past, and why it’s so important to be prepared. With the Hurricane still swirling outside, this is an important test of your emergency plan. You won’t always have a week’s worth of warning when a hurricane or earthquake or volcano or meteor is coming, so it’s smart to have one in order.
A few tips for your disaster preparation plan:
- Have a stock of canned food, flashlights, road flares and batteries at your office. That may sound a little silly, but if flooding or another disaster traps you in the building or makes roads impassable, you’re going to want all of it and then some. The flares are useful to call rescuers to your aid.
- Have an evacuation plan for the building. Where can you get out? Where are you going to go? Make sure employees know it, too.
- Track storms and other events closely. You never know when that hurricane that’s supposed to swerve away from you will suddenly change direction, and choosing to ignore forecasts is foolhardy at best.
Share your disaster plans with us, and be safe out there!
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