Tropical Storm Colin hits today & it’s deadly for business

by | Jun 7, 2016 | Business Continuity

Preparing for Tropical Storm Colin

Tropical Storm Colin has made landfall. The storm’s heavy rains are expected to continue knocking out power and flooding roads throughout the Southeast.

The Governor of Florida, Rick Scott, declared a state of emergency. However, thankfully there have not been reports of major damage. That said, there have been high winds and severe flooding that are causing disruption to schools and businesses across the area with an estimated 10,000 Floridians losing power Monday from the Tampa Bay area — all the way to Jacksonville. Flooding is occurring outside of the typical flood zone, which makes the situation particularly dangerous.

According to Scott, “We’ll just see how well it runs off,” Scott said. “I always remember back to (Tropical Storm) Isaac in 2012, it went west but we had unbelievable flooding in Palm Beach County.”

The 2016 Hurricane season is expected to be the most active in years and with Colin marking the earliest that a third named storm has ever formed in the Atlantic basin. So, how do you prepare yourself and your business for the season? Follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Prepare your physical office space. 

  • inspect the building inspected to make sure it can withstand the hurricane season.
  • stock up on sandbags for any low-lying or flood-prone areas.
  • shut off utilities and raise to higher location.

Step 2: Protect your data.

  • Have a business continuity plan in place so that should there be a disruption to your servers, your critical business data is not lost.
  • Have any irreplaceable “paper” documents sealed in a waterproof container.
  • Make sure you have access to your servers and data while off-site.
Step 3: Hunker down and Stock up. 
  • Make sure you have: a battery operated radio (along with batteries), non-perishable food supply, generous supply of water, containers for water and washing, blankets and pillows, first aid kit, flashlights, basic tool kit, camera to document damages, flares, tarps and duct tape, cleaning supplies, fire extinguisher, generator, as well as cash.
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In addition, prepare an emergency contact sheet with information such as: the nearest hospital, police, FEMA, utilities and the insurance company and agent contact information.

For more information on protecting your business for Tropical Storm Colin and the 2016 season, contact us today.

Tracy Rock is the Director of Marketing at Invenio IT. Tracy is responsible for all media-related initiatives as well as external communications—including, branding, public relations, promotions, advertising and social media. She is one busy lady and we are lucky to have her!