As Hurricane Ida just left its mark in Louisiana and along the east coast, we are reminded of the devastation a storm can bring. It’s one thing to plan and prepare, and quite another thing to have to live through a storm. We are thinking of our fellow Americans as many are still without power and facing the loss of their homes and workplaces. We are praying for those who have suffered Hurricane Ida.

 

We have spent the past four months getting and staying hurricane ready. Last month we talked about the ability to work remotely during and after a hurricane. Depending on the type of property you own, being operational when possible is helpful to your community and your tenants. While this will depend on the severity of the storm, it helps to consider and plan in order to remain operational when possible.

 

Things to consider:

  • Internet access
  • Data access (files stored on a server that can be accessed remotely)
  • Emergency phone or radio access
  • Electricity or backup power

Working Remotely & Community Outreach

 

This task warranted a more detailed focus because there’s a lot to consider. Additionally it presents an opportunity for your business to reach out to the community in the wake of a storm.

 

If you have checked the boxes above of things to consider, you’re off to a good start. Next, let’s consider what kind of services you’re able to offer remotely. This will depend on your business.

 

What kind of services can you offer remotely?

 

  • Self-storage businesses can answer phone calls and emails regarding property damage at the physical location. Many of these businesses offer 24/7 access anyway; but that may not be the case without power. Providing answers and information to your customers can ease some anxiety as people begin to scope out the damage. Additionally, new customers may be in need of storage for belongings while they make repairs. Being available is a great way to help during a time of uncertainty.

 

  • Property management companies can be available to field inquiries regarding clean up, accessibility and similar issues. It may be too soon for repairs, but clean up of debris can begin.

 

  • Landscape companies with trucks, trailers and land-clearing equipment can begin to schedule with those in need of clearing services. If you can cut trees that have blown down, you can help those in your immediate neighborhood.

 

  • Trash or junk removal services can begin resuming operations once roads are cleared. The scheduling can begin remotely until the roads are passable.

 

How can I serve my community?

 

Community outreach is another great way to provide assistance. If you were able to stock up on water or ANY other supplies ahead of the storm as we talked about previously, you can share that with the community in need and use it as a tax deduction in some states. (Be sure to check with your CPA.) Contact a local food vendor who can set up outside your business and offer food. Restaurants may not be able to open, but a food truck might be operational. Look for ways to ease the burden on your community.

 

Contact your local emergency management office in advance of a storm and let them know you have a commercial business that’s available to assist after the storm. They may just need a parking lot to have residents drive-through to pick up items the emergency management office has available. Your business can offer that space for the convenience of others.

 

At Weaver Realty, we look for ways to help you work smarter, not harder. We want to help you with your property management needs so that you can be successful and spend your time wisely.

 

Call us today at 904-733-0039.