Wherever you work—but especially if you do construction in a hurricane-prone area—you should be prepared to take action when severe weather threatens. Here are some resources with valuable tips on how to protect people and property in a dangerous storm.
The Calm Before the Storm: Construction Site Hurricane Protection
From Allianz insurance. This 33-page PDF explains the risks of hurricanes and how construction companies can mitigate damage. Beginning on page 8, there’s a series of helpful checklists for different scenarios, including watches, warnings, and recovery.
From Travelers insurance. Learn how to plan for high winds and flooding, and what to do during the 5 phases of a storm.
From Brooks-Waterburn insurance. This is one of the most thorough lists we could find, and includes advice that you should be doing on a regular basis anyway, even when there’s no threat of storms (like keeping the jobsite clean). One helpful note: If you’re a GC, remember to include subcontractors in your emergency planning.
Preparing Sites for Extreme Weather
From the NYC Department of Buildings. This 7-page document includes language specific to New York City, but it may be useful elsewhere as well. Your municipality may have specific rules to follow for severe weather.
Hurricane/Tropical Storm Preparedness Checklist
From the Houston Downtown Management District. If you’re looking for a summary checklist that fits on a single page, this is a good one.