2020 Hurricane Season Preparedness Checklist

May 11, 2020

Critical facilities within 100 miles of the coast are significantly damaged by hurricanes each year. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security strongly advises you to have an emergency preparedness plan in place and take preemptive steps to ensure the ongoing operation of your business.

The 2020 Hurricane season begins on June 1st.  We recommend your facility management team takes the following steps to prepare your business for a critical situation.

Enact your hazard mitigation plan. 

Perform a thorough check of your facilities to preemptively catch any factors that could negatively affect your facility in a critical situation. This includes landscaping around generators and access points, cleaning out water run-off points, and ensuring generator maintenance is up to date. 

 Set up your communication channels.  

A plan is worthless if the people involved are not aware of it. Conduct regular emergency preparedness drills and educate your staff on their responsibilities in the event an emergency plan is put into action.

Ensure your data and property are protected.  

Your business’s sensitive data must be protected from damage and loss, so ensure you have everything from waterproof bags for storing business-vital documents to data backup facilities such as cloud storage.

Strategize your energy continuity. 

The continuity of your power supply cannot be overlooked. Securing necessary power solutions such as permanent and mobile generators, as well as an experienced and reliable emergency fuel provider, can be a matter of life and death for those who rely on you, as well as your overall operation.

Check your insurance coverage. 

When a hurricane is forecasted, you’re advised to check with your insurance provider that your coverage is sufficient. If you’re in a flood zone, remember to also check on your flood insurance. 
 
Note that many business insurance providers will want to see: 

  • An emergency preparedness plan in place 
  • Plans for keeping your business running utilizing a backup power solution 
  • A dependable emergency fuel provider 

A single minute of downtime is incredibly costly, making your facility’s constant uptime a necessity. Our team prepares your staff to prevent downtime while supporting your fuel needs through any critical situation 

Your worst day is our chance to deliver. 

What Our Customers Think
  • David Schirmacher / Sr. Vice President, Portfolio Operations, Digital Realty
    As a result of our strategic partnership and the collaboration of our teams, we are pleased to report that all sited impacted maintained 100% uptime throughout the duration of the event as we successfully supported over 9 megawatts of critical load. Our success is a direct result of your team's coordination and perseverance in the face of extremely difficult and unpredictable conditions.
  • Dilek Samil / President and COO, Cleco Power
    Cleco genuinely appreciates your support and partnership during our recovery effort. We consider you a critical part of Cleco's storm team, and, as I've told my team many times, nobody does it better.
  • John Formet / Sr FEMA Region IV Logistics Accountable Property Manager
    In my short time with FEMA and working seven major disasters, I have never worked with any contracting team that was more professional and such a pleasure to work with.
  • 1Lt Travis Michelena / JLC, Haiti
    I am deeply appreciative of the hard work and professionalism of Foster Fuels. We were sad to see you go, and hope to work with you again in the future.
  • Matt Ott / CDR, SC, USN
    Foster Fuels was able to quickly mobilize all heavy equipment, men, and materials and integrate quickly upon arriving into Haiti's chaotic conditions.
  • Giovanni Tuck / Brigadier General, USAF Commander
    Your herculean effort and dedication has helped millions of Americans during this devastating period. Your leadership on the ground and swift response to DLA Energy, FEMA, and state and local governments was critical the mission success.
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