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We live in turbulent times, not least due to extreme weather conditions. And, the consequences of natural disasters can be severe for small businesses. In today’s guide, we’re going to take a look at how you should react if your small business suffers from a natural disaster. Read on to find out more.



Preparation is essential

Do you have insurance protecting you from natural disasters? In some states, it is a necessity, but if you aren’t located in one of those areas, it’s not something you should avoid. Insurance means you get the cover and protection you need in the result of an extreme weather event. Nobody – not even meteorologists – can give you a 100% assurance nothing will happen where you work. Get the protection in place, and you will not have to shoulder the burden of clearing up alone.

Contact all employees

First of all, you will need to contact all your employees. Their safety is your responsibility, and you have to find out if there are any injuries in your workplace due to the event. You should also start to take names and contact details of everyone that is still available to work so that you can plan your business in the days ahead. Don’t forget that many employees will have family and friends suffering from the disaster, so may not be able to focus on their work activities. It’s important to weigh up each employee on an individual basis. Some might need to stay away while others can feel undervalued if they aren’t working.

Cleaning up

When the dust settles, there’s the matter of cleaning up after the event. Of course, how you approach this depends largely on the event itself. In an earthquake scenario, things can be changed forever – and you might be looking at a move elsewhere. However, some disasters, such as floods, are recoverable. Get hold of a disaster cleanup company to help you get everything back in order.

Identify critical activities

The next step is to start getting your business back on track. Make sure you outline all the business critical activities that need doing. The idea here is to keep your business running as normally as possible. You may need to find temporary accommodation – but if you have insurance, this might be already in place. In a worst-case scenario, you can ask your employees to work from home if suitable.

Find funding

Even with insurance, you might struggle to afford to recover your business. The good news is that there are funds available. Contact the Small Business Administration, who can provide loans for natural disasters of up to $2 million. Interest rates tend to be competitive, so it’s best you start your search for funding there.

IT recovery

Another important aspect of your business lies in your data. It is essential that you contact a disaster data recovery firm who will – hopefully – be able to save your vital information. One good way of preparing for the worst is to start using cloud-based services such as Dropbox and Google Drive.

We hope this has helped. The main thing to remember is that your business can survive the biggest natural disaster. We wish you all the best.


Kent Holcomb, a truck driver from Hampton Roads, was left stranded on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in Virginia on Thursday afternoon after harsh thunderstorms forced the closure of the bridge.

Trapped in the middle of the 37-km long structure, Kent Holcomb took out his cell phone and started filming as his big rig was rocked back and forth by the strong winds.

Wisely Kent Holcomb didn’t leave his vehicle, but his footage clearly shows the extreme weather conditions including waves crashing against the sides of the bridge.

“I’ve never been so scared in my life. They closed the bridge, and I’m stuck in the middle of it,” Kent Holcomb said on the video.

“You can see by my cord, just how bad this truck is rocking… I’m going to need a drink after this.”

Kent Holcomb was left stranded on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in Virginia after harsh thunderstorms forced the closure of the bridge

Kent Holcomb was left stranded on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in Virginia after harsh thunderstorms forced the closure of the bridge

The bridge tunnel is a fixed link crossing the mouth of Chesapeake Bay and connects the Delmarva Peninsula’s Eastern Shore of Virginia with Virginia Beach and the metropolitan area of Hampton Roads, Virginia.

Kent Holcomb was heading home to Hampton Roads from Rhode Island when he ran into the bad weather.

High winds forced crews to close the 23-mile-long bridge tunnel.

“I thought I was going to be able to beat it – and I guess the bridge people thought that too – but that wasn’t the case,” Kent Holcomb told WTKR.

The bridge-tunnel originally combined 19 km of trestle, two 1.6 km long tunnels, four artificial islands, two high-level bridges, approximately 3.2 km of causeway, and 8.9 km of approach roads – crossing the Chesapeake Bay and preserving traffic on the Thimble Shoals and Chesapeake shipping channels.

It replaced vehicle ferry services which operated from South Hampton Roads and from the Virginia Peninsula from the 1930s until completion of the bridge–tunnel in 1964.

The system remains one of only ten bridge-tunnel systems in the world, three of which are located in Hampton Roads, Virginia.

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