Preparing for Idalia

Date: August 29, 2023

The storm is expected to become a major hurricane before making landfall Wednesday

The National Hurricane Center on Tuesday warned that Hurricane Idalia will strengthen to a major hurricane with winds greater than 110 miles per hour before making landfall in the northwest corner of Florida on Wednesday. Idalia is expected to remain a hurricane when it crosses into Georgia Wednesday afternoon and skirts along the coast toward the Carolinas.

While there’s time, review your business’ disaster plan to make sure it’s up to date, and if your small business doesn’t have a disaster plan, make one:

  • Understand the risks. Is your business in a location where flooding is possible? Are tornadoes, hail storms, earthquakes, or other acts of nature potential hazards to your business? Make sure you are aware and protected as much as possible against the possible risks.
  • Be sure you have adequate insurance. You need at least enough to rebuild your home and business. Review your policies to see what is — and isn’t — covered. Consider business interruption insurance, which helps cover operating costs during the post-disaster shutdown period. Get flood insurance.
  • Take photographs and videos of your assets. Store them online if possible or in waterproof and fireproof containers kept in a safe place, such as a relative’s or friend’s home or business in another state.
  • Have an emergency response plan. Determine your evacuation routes. Establish meeting places. Keep emergency phone numbers handy.
  • Develop a communications plan. Designate someone to serve as a contact person for your employees, customers, and vendors. Phone and email in your area may be down following a natural disaster, so ask an out-of-state friend, colleague, or relative to serve as a post-disaster point of contact.
  • Back up your business records. Make copies of your vital records and store them in a secure location, ideally in a second location. Back up electronic records to the cloud, and keep paper documents in a fireproof safety-deposit box.
  • Create a disaster kit. Put a flashlight, a portable radio, fresh batteries, fresh first-aid supplies, non-perishable food, bottled water, a basic tool kit, plastic sheeting, and garbage bags in a bag or box someplace handy, in case of emergency. Encourage your employees to prepare disaster kits for themselves and their families.

Subscribe For Free News And Tips

Enter your email to get FREE small business insights. Learn more

Get to know NFIB

NFIB is a member-driven organization advocating on behalf of small and independent businesses nationwide.

Learn More

Or call us today

© 2001 - 2023 National Federation of Independent Business. All Rights Reserved. Terms and Conditions | Privacy