Preparing for the Storm Season

As hurricane season approaches, Florida residents and businesses need to prepare themselves. For contractors, this means making sure your Orlando contractor insurance policy covers all possibilities, making sure that this hurricane season goes smoothly.

Before this hurricane season starts, there are several things you should do to ensure minimal damage to your company and assets:

  • Review your Orlando contractor insurance to ensure that it is up to date.
  • Obtain documentation as proof of your Orlando contractor insurance so that you have it on hand in case of an emergency that might hinder the ability to immediately access these documents. This will help expedite the process of accessing your coverage plan with minimal confusion on all sides.
  • Inspect, repair, and maintain all of your equipment to help minimize potential problems
  • Prepare a list of positive customer references to ensure potential customers that you are a reputable contractor rather than someone trying to scam vulnerable hurricane victims in the aftermath of the storms.
  • Assign your employees to hurricane specific duties in case something happens while they are on the job. Make sure everyone knows what they need to do under what circumstances in order to avoid confusion or chaos.

During the hurricane season, it is important to:

  • Constantly monitor the weather and current or upcoming storms. Being aware is one of the best ways to minimize the damage caused by these storms.
  • Even if there aren’t any hurricanes coming your way, review your hurricane plan at least once a month to make sure it covers everything it needs to.
  • Always have cash on hand in case electronic forms of payment for supplies become an issue during a disaster.
  • Keep an inventory of all emergency supplies as well as commonly replaced parts so you can restock if necessary before a storm hits.

Hurricanes are often unpredictable and if you’re not prepared, they can be debilitating for your contractor business, especially if you don’t have your Orlando contractor insurance up to date.

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