Get a Hurricane Game Plan for Your Business, Your Employees, and Your Family
With Louisiana businesses potentially feeling the impact of Hurricane Laura for at least the next week, the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) is encouraging all Louisiana business owners who do not already have a Hurricane plan to visit their website for guidance on how to create one, as well as things to consider as they prepare for tropical weather. To visit GOHSEP's “Get a Game Plan” webpage for business, click HERE.
Click HERE to see GOHSEP's full Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Guide. It contains more information relevant to keeping your business, employees, communities and families safe.
Get Additional Hurricane Information for Your Company from the Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center
The Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center, a joint operation of GOHSEP and Louisiana Economic Development, also has additional resources for businesses preparing for the impacts of both named storms. The BEOC provides information and alerts for business owners, as well as helpful links to information such as individual parish emergency offices and DOTD's road condition database. To visit the BEOC's website, click HERE.
The BEOC also serves as the main point of contact for Louisiana businesses who have not been impacted by the storms and want to either volunteer or donate their resources to help the state recover. For more information, click HERE.
See the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/FEMA Hurricane Toolkit for Business
To help businesses prepare for the impact of hurricanes and tropical weather, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FEMA have assembled a toolkit complete with helpful information such as how to assess readiness, develop a preparedness plan, and checklists to guide business owners through closing and reopening their company. To see the complete hurricane toolkit, click HERE.
Click HERE for additional hurricane preparedness information for businesses from FEMA.
Hurricane Preparedness Tips from the U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration has assembled useful information to help guide businesses as they prepare for the impact of hurricanes and tropical weather. The SBA's storm guide includes information such as the IRS' tips on protecting your business records and cleanup guidance from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease Control. To see the SBA's emergency preparedness webpage, click HERE.
The SBA also has a complete hurricane preparedness checklist for businesses. To access a printable PDF version of the checklist, click HERE.