The state of Michigan has designated April 8-14 as Severe Weather Awareness Week. Preparing for severe weather is extremely important. Macomb County businesses should be prepared and educated on what to do in case of a thunderstorm, tornado, power outage, flooding and more.
As a business are you prepared in case of an emergency? What is your business emergency plan if tornados warnings are issued at closing time? Or if severe weather hits and half of your warehouse is flooded?
The Macomb County Office of Emergency Management & Communications urges businesses to be prepared for these events and have plans in place. Some items to consider having in your plan are:
- What is the communication plan between management and employees
- What happens if severe weather hits when your employees are in the office or on the road
- Does your business have emergency supplies, fire extinguishers, flashlights/batteries, first aid kit, drinking water, NOAA weather alert radio/batteries and necessary tools
- Are tornado shelters clearly label and able to accommodate employees
- What happens if the production facility is shut down for several days due to a power outage or flooding
There is no better time than now to develop or update a plan. Macomb County Emergency Management & Communications has developed a Community Emergency Preparedness Guide that can help businesses prepare for severe weather and other hazards they may encounter.
Lauri Cowhy is a senior communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.