Whether it’s a brutal thunderstorm, hurricane or wildfire, there’s no shortage of natural disasters that can disrupt your operations. These severe weather events can have major effects on any business. But if you own or operate a multifamily property, there’s an extra layer of preparation to factor in: tenants’ needs.
Business resiliency best practices can minimize the impact of a natural disaster and help you:
The Federal Emergency Management Agency offers resources to help you prepare for natural disasters and tips to minimize the impact of flooding, wildfires and severe winds, including:
Regular testing can take many forms, including manual or automated call tree testing and tabletop exercises. Tabletop exercises bring together relevant people across your apartment buildings—staff, third-party providers, tenants—to discuss how to respond to a specific disruption.
If a storm hits, damaging your property and leaving tenants without power, you may consider:
Conducting these tests on a typical day is important. “It helps build muscle memory, so your organization and stakeholders are ready if a disruption occurs,” Donohue said.
Looking for more emergency preparedness guidance? Our Commercial Term Lending team can draw on extensive experience and local market knowledge to help you prepare for natural disasters and other disruptions with the right financial solutions for your business.
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