Updated: Jul 10
Hillsborough County, Fla. (Sept. 26, 2022)– Hillsborough County is urging businesses to prepare for Hurricane Ian. Now is the time to review Business Continuity Plans to ensure the safety of employees and property.
During a disaster, safety is the main concern. Businesses should confirm that all employees are aware of their hurricane preparedness plan and their individual responsibilities. It is also important that businesses monitor relevant emergency management news for weather and safety updates.
Businesses are advised to document their property. Photographs and inventory lists should be compiled prior to the storm. If necessary, these can be used as insurance evidence for damage assessments after the storm.
When an evacuation is ordered, businesses owners should secure their businesses and follow instructions by local emergency management on evacuation orders. Remember, if your local emergency management officials order an evacuation and you decide to remain in your business, emergency responders will not be able to respond to you during the disaster. You and your employees will be on your own until the storm passes and first responders are able to secure the area.
For more information and questions on storm-related concerns or needs of the business community, contactESF18@EM.MyFlorida.comor call the Private Sector Hotline at (850) 815-4925.
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For more information on Hillsborough County's response to Hurricane Ian, visitHCFLGov.net/StaySafeand sign up for the HCFL Alert system. Additionally, you can follow Hillsborough County on social media at Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor for updates.
Residents without digital access are encouraged to call 833-HCSTORM or 833-427-8676, the County's storm information line, for information on Hurricane Ian or visitHCFLGov.net/StaySafe.