The National Hurricane Center states that hurricane season for the Atlantic extends from June 1 through November 30, while in the Eastern Pacific, it lasts from May 15 through November 30. Although this information may not have much significance to business degree holders who reside in the middle of the country, it can be a big concern to individuals who own companies along the coast.
To prepare business owners for potentially destructive storms, Office Depot has joined forces with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC). Together, these entities will provide small businesses with preparedness strategies.
"A small amount of advanced planning and investment can go a long way when it comes to being prepared for a disaster," said Gerald McSwiggan, disaster manager for the BCLC. "Being ready can mean the difference between business survival and business closure."
Of the organizations that do not have a plan in place when they experience a natural disaster, 43 percent never reopen, according to the Association of Small Business Development Centers.
Before a natural disaster has the chance to cripple operations, companies should back up their important data, make sure that all essential supplies are in stock and see to it that all employee emergency contact lists are up to date.