How To Fast-Track Your Hurricane Program

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Thursday July 18, 2019 | Profretail.com | No 100149

Fast-Track Your Program

By David Lopez

Hurricane STATS

 

Professional Retail Services (PRS) found ourselves directly in the path of the Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Long Island, in particular, suffered from severe flooding, difficult roadways, massive power outages that controlled 90% of the Island… and for many of us, a complete loss that hampered everyday life for months. Hundreds of homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed. Gas shortages caused stranded makeshift parking lots of cars on highways, and side roads long lines and longer waits at gas stations became commonplace. Many in hopes that the stations didn’t run out of “gas-gouged” petroleum while other cars idled on empty nearby. Supermarket shelves were emptied, retail crime such as looting occurred and the Island (as well as New York & New Jersey) would be completely exposed as not being prepared for a storm of this magnitude.

So what to do in the event that you, your home and/or your business is in the path of one angry storm? A storm is so strong that somewhere in a room, multiple meteorologists felt it was worthy of a name!

At PRS, we have created and perfected new programs and proactive procedures that could protect your business structure and potentially save you millions in possible damages.

 

HOW TO FAST-TRACK YOUR HURRICANE PROGRAMS

1. Risk Assessment Surveys

Commonly done in the hurricane belt areas of the US starting in Florida, to Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas, Virginia and as far north as Massachusetts. We take measurements of windows and doors, estimate what would be needed in the event of a storm/ hurricane in terms of plywood and sandbags, we then store these numbers in our database so, in the event of a hurricane, we can dispatch our technicians with the exact amount of supplies to cover your location, cutting emergency time in half.

2. Operation P.A.R.I.S.

(Pro Active Reservation Initiative of Supplies). This program is like a VIP that goes hand in hand with our Risk Assessment Surveys. Once measurements are taken, we calculate how much material is needed per door/window and put your location on a first priority list. Due to the competitive nature of our industry, further details of this program are not on the website. For more information, please contact us directly we’d be more than happy to elaborate.

3. Hurricane Protection

H.P. is pro-active  in that the sealing, securing and installing of these semi-permanent, minimally visible board-up mechanisms will be up and ready for storm-proofing your location. All work would be done before any hurricanes/storms are insight, to ensure that your facilities are prepared to weather the storms at the drop of a hat.

4. Re-Active Services

Standard emergency rules apply, and this is based on material availability.

5. Post Storm Clean up And Removal

Plywood and sandbag removal, debris removal, and general repair.

 

As stated in our programs above, sandbags, in particular, are heavily requested by most retailers anticipating a hurricane. The reason is that these bags are the #1 defense on keeping quickly rising waters out of their storefronts. Floor repairs are extremely pricey and potentially hazardous if black mold forms from flooding. If the subflooring or grouting becomes damaged, it is entirely possible for the flooring to become raised and/or unleveled. This type of damage would leave a store open for trip hazards and even a potential law-suit from in-store accidents. By adding these bags in a few critical positions of a store/home, a few inexpensive sandbags could be the difference of saving a home and business thousands of dollars.

Just as sandbags, another frequently requested service, is that of boarding up windows. From flying objects to strong winds, to potential criminal activity such as looters, a window in a storm has the potential of being the first, and easiest target area of damage on any structure. By adding plywood, you are ensuring a sturdy layer of protection to block out flying debris and/or man-made objects with intent to vandalize.

Technically we have already officially entered Hurricane season for 2019. According to the National Hurricane Center (NOAA), the season begins on June 1st and ends on November 30th. However, from about August 15th to late October is when we generally see the most activity as ‘peak’ season swings in full effect. Hurricanes are much more frequent and pick up intensity due to the interaction between warm temperature and humid air reactions with the ocean; it creates the perfect storm for cyclones to form.

With these facts being apparent, as you are enjoying the warmer weather, the time is now to begin your planning for the hurricane season. If you are responsible for locations in high-risk areas, start taking stock now of what steps will need to be taken to fast-track your hurricane programs. We invite you to call us anytime at 1-888-834-2411 or email at info@profretail.com to discuss any one of these plans/programs and what fits best for your business or company. When it comes to a hurricane, don’t leave your home or business to chance, it is always better to be safe than sorry!

Good luck, be safe, be prepared and of course…enjoy your summer!