What's the first thing you'd do when a hurricane warning sounds in
the middle of a job? A ToolBase TechNote entitled "Hurricane
Preparedness for Builders," by the NAHB Research Center of Upper
Marlboro, Md., offers a preparation plan (reprinted with permission
at right), which itemizes tasks you might not have thought about
In addition to the tasks on this checklist, the TechNote includes a
number of other important considerations to be made both before and
immediately after the storm. Some of the key preparations, which
may not be so obvious at first, include:
• Review your insurance coverage; be aware if you have
contents coverage, replacement value, and loss of business
• Keep important telephone numbers with you. Develop a
"telephone tree" with important members of your company and also
develop a contingency plan to operate out of another site, if
• Establish a contact point out of the area, so your employees
and subs can keep in touch. Don't depend just on your cell phone;
use the phone of a friend, relative, or other builder friend
outside your area for contact. Make sure your customers and
suppliers know where to reach you.
• Secure adequate cash to operate for several days.
With the right preparation, your site and your business will be
better able to weather the storm.
For more information, visit the NAHB Research Center's ToolBase