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Hurricane season is in full-swing, and unfortunately, various parts of the the United States and Mexico have already been impacted by the storms.

To help businesses and facilities to better deal with the worst of weather, the United States Department Of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offers tips on hurricane preparedness and response.

OSHA urges businesses operating in an area where a hurricane is possible to have a plan in place in the event a tropical storm strikes. This plan should be accompanied with a clear chain of command — dedicated roles should be filled before the storm strikes. Businesses should go over plans for evacuation involving  routes and exits and discuss procedures on how employees, customers and visitors will be accounted for during and after the storm.

Some businesses are required by law to have an emergency plan in place. Those wanting to implement a plan can take advantage of planning tools offered online by OSHA. Other online resources include the National Hurricane Center, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website dedicated to hurricane preparedness.  

For more advice, read this article offering tips on how to prevent hazardous waste incidents during hurricane season.