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Business Owners: Hurricane Season is Here. Have a Plan Now.

In Buyers, flood insurance, florida, hurricane, insurance, miami, miami beach, real estate, Sellers on June 1, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Prepare your business for hurricane season

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – June 1, 2010 – The 2010 hurricane season starts today. Homes should be fortified and larders stocked, and businesses should prepare now for a possible interruption of services. Forecasters already call for an active season with a high likelihood for major hurricanes Category 3 or above.

Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulations (DBPR) hosts a website dedicated to helping residents prepare for a possible hurricane strike. Business owners can input information and the DBPR site will customize a business preparation plan to their unique situation. The DBPR website is at: http://www.FloridaDisaster.org.

DBPR recommends businesses the following actions for all businesses:

• Store important business records in a watertight container in a safe place.

• Don’t expect cell phones or telephones to work immediately after a storm and plan accordingly.

• Identify essential staff for post-storm recovery and decide predetermined locations for employees to meet when conditions permit.

• Prepare a photo or video inventory of assets and store it in a safe location.

• Make sure you insurance policy payment is up-to-date.

• Maintain detailed expenses that FEMA could use for possible reimbursement.

• Keep some cash on-hand; banking may be unavailable for several days.

Reprinted by Permission: © 2010 Florida Realtors®

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