Hurricanes are no joke.


On Sunday night, August 24, 1992, Hurricane Andrew ripped through South Florida and caused more than $26.5
hurricane-NO JOKE billion in damages. Our firm’s offices were closed for two full weeks – power in the neighborhood was out for a week, and then we were closed for another week to replace the electrical panel that had been flooded and the air conditioning towers that had blown off the roof. The name Andrew was retired by the National Weather Services, and replaced by the name Alex.

If you were in South Florida in 1992, you won’t forget that hurricanes are no joke.

Hurricane season runs June 1 through November 30. Building a “culture of readiness” for your family, employees and business will help you make good decisions and provide you with options to minimize the effects of a disaster like Andrew.

If you don’t have a plan, start planning right away.   Ask yourself:

  • Who is my emergency management team, and what tasks should each of them be assigned?
  • Which staff, materials, procedures and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the business operating?
  • What are my backup plans if any of these are unavailable?
  • Can employees work at home if necessary?
  • What is my communications plan – how will employees know the status of the business and whether they should try to get to work?  How will I know all employees are safe?
  • Which customers should I make sure to contact immediately, to let them know the status of the business?  Do I have their contact information easily available?

To learn more about how to prepare your business and minimize the effects of a hurricane or other disaster, register for my free breakfast seminar on July 22nd.  You’ll get important tips and answers to your questions, and receive a free copy of the Kaufman Rossin Disaster Preparedness Guide. 

Jorge Rey, CISA, CISM, is a Cybersecurity & Compliance Principal at Kaufman Rossin, one of the Top 100 CPA and advisory firms in the U.S.

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