The 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season is officially underway, and with another active season expected, beauty businesses should make sure they are adequately prepared for potential risks.
The 2020 hurricane season was record-setting. It caused nearly $65 billion in economic damages and was buoyed by a record 30 named storms including a staggering six major hurricanes, such as Hurricanes Laura, Sally and Isaias. Several regions across the United States were struck with heavy losses from which it will take years to recover.
Forecasters expect this hurricane season to feature above-average activity as well. AccuWeather anticipates between 16 and 20 named storms and the NOAA predicts between 13 to 20 named storms, with around three to five major hurricanes expected. While this may not be as damaging as last year’s season, it still presents a significant threat to businesses and families nationwide.
Leading into last year’s season, many salons and spas were closed due to the pandemic, so their owners did not have the chance to properly prepare themselves. But this year, as more beauty businesses have resumed operations, there is an important opportunity to ensure they are safe from potential damages.
Here are several steps beauty business owners can take:
- Check your roof: Make sure it is strong enough to sustain heavy wind and rain. Check for any holes or openings, ensure it has a proper drainage system and make sure any equipment or items on the roof are safely tied down in case of high winds. The roof is the first line of defense against a storm so beauty business owners should have their roof inspected regularly in preparation for storm season.
- Clear out the property: If a storm is on the way, it’s important to clear your property of any potential debris, such as signage or outdoor seating, which could go airborne in hurricane winds. If there are any trees or branches around your building consider cutting them down so they don’t fall during the storm.
- Consult with your insurance partner: Check in with your insurance agent or broker for additional safety and risk management advice to help prevent damage to your property. While you’re at it, review your business policies to make sure you’re up to date with all the coverage and limits you need.
By taking these three simple steps, you can help limit damages from hurricanes and keep your business and employees safe. With hurricane season already underway, take the time now to make sure you are prepared for the dangers of hurricane season.
Kathy Lopez, Account Manager for SASSI, the Salon and Spa Specialty Insurance program at Brownyard Group. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.