Post Disaster Priorities


  • Your Hurricane Survival and Recovery Plan should include a list of the post hurricane priorities of your company. You may find that these priorities change depending on the nature and severity of the hurricane.
  • You should be flexible and be prepared to change the priorities according to the circumstances.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What types of things should I address in my list of priorities?
Your priorities list should include but not be limited to:
  • Determine reentry status and requirements.
  • Communicate with your employees to determine their status, condition and availability.
  • Communicate with employees as to when to report to work and the best routes to take and safe.
  • Assess the condition of your facilities. Ensure they are inhabitable and safe.
  • Determine the status and stability of any hazardous materials stored on site.
  • Contact your insurance company.
  • Begin considering implementation of post-hurricane business strategies outlined in the Implementing the Post-Hurricane Business Strategies section of your plan.
  • Assess the status of essential functions necessary to operate the business.
  • Communicate your operational status and plans to customers.
  • Communicate with your vendors and suppliers regarding your operational status and needs.
  • Photograph or videotape your facilities to document damage and losses to facilitate insurance claims processing.
  • Maintain a daily log of all actions taken.
  • Make temporary repairs as permitted by your insurance policy.
  • Protect salvageable assets and prevent the escalation of damage from rain, rust, corrosion, mildew, mold, etc.
  • Maintain detailed records of estimates, repairs, invoices, receipts, cancelled checks, etc.
  • Determine eligibility for FEMA or SBA assistance and file if advantageous.
  • Advise all employees of assistance programs as you learn of them. Your attention to your employees' personal needs will greatly assist business recovery.


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