Prepare Your Business for
With hurricane season in full swing, winter just around the corner, and strange weather occurring on a regular basis, how prepared is your business for mother nature’s worst? BY TRICIA DREVETS
111 degrees Fahrenheit one afternoon, I realized that I was the lone person outside at the normally busy community college campus where I teach.
The people I did see outside as I drove home looked understandably weary and stressed by the heat. As I stopped to pick up a few things to prepare a light no-cook supper for my family, I noticed the trashcans outside the store were overflowing with cold drink cups.
y hometown recent- ly experienced an intense late summer heatwave. With tem- peratures hovering at a record-breaking
Inside the sparsely populated store, I saw some people grabbing watermelon and ice cream. A few others were at a freezer pulling out bags of ice. There is no doubt that extreme weather affects business. On that day, stores selling cold drinks and ice were bustling, while most retail stores, restaurants and other businesses were slow.
Retail businesses usually see a significant drop in traffic during heatwaves and cold snaps or during stormy weather in any season. Even if your business does not count on in-person traffic, your employees may not be able to get to work or stay as engaged in their work during bad weather. In addition, your supply chain can be significantly interrupted by extreme weather conditions that cause icy roads or delayed air traffic.
Since even the best weather forecaster cannot fully predict how weather swings will affect a business dur-
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