Despite some of the milder weather we’ve recently had in our headquarters in Harrisburg, PA, harsh winter weather is surely coming! It’s best to be prepared. Having a Severe Weather Plan in place before the weather strikes is key to keeping your property, employees and residents safe.
Severe Weather Plan Basics:
- Review Property Inspection Reports for notation of vulnerable areas. Address these issues before the harsh weather strikes.
- Create a backup communication method for your staff. If power is knocked out, you will need working cell phones or walkie talkies.
- Provide residents with an Emergency Contact List. The list should include contact information for office and maintenance staff, as well as local authorities.
- Ensure that all contracts/agreements with snow removal vendors are up to date.
- Establish a policy for employees and residents in all buildings to keep the heat at a minimum of 60 degrees to prevent frozen pipes.
- Consider purchasing a backup generator.
- Purchase a battery-operated weather radio to place in your first aid kit.
- Service fireplaces in the fall before winter strikes.
The tips above are not an all-inclusive list of things to do, but they are a solid base for a Severe Weather Plan. If you would like additional information about severe weather preparation, please refer to the links below.