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April 26, 2011

Prepare for Severe Weather Events

Filed under: General HR Buzz — Tags: 2:28 pm

Record numbers of tornadoes have hit the Midwest this season. Last Friday, and EF4 tornado ripped through neighborhoods and commercial areas, leveling homes, damaging businesses, shutting down the St. Louis airport and leaving wide areas without power for days. Having a severe weather policy and response plan can help your company respond when disaster strikes. The plan should address communication as well as roles and responsibilities in the event the workplace is damaged. Keeping a list of contact numbers for vendors and employees in a safe offsite location is one example of proactive thinking.
Employers should remember too that even if the work location does not have damage, employees may be impacted at home. Employees may need time off to clean up debris or deal with insurance companies. They may need to temporarily relocate until damage is repaired or power restored. Supporting employees in these circumstances is not only the right thing to do, but will pay dividends in employee morale and loyalty.
The CDC website has resources to help you develop a severe weather response plan that helps ensure the safety of your employees.


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