Severe Weather Plan

Posted by Melissa Hall in #YHSafetyTips, May 01, 2019

Severe weather including snow & ice storms, heavy rain & flooding, extreme heat, tornados, and thunderstorms can cause chaos in the workplace. Having a severe weather plan in place can help keep your employees safe if a severe weather emergency occurs.

A severe weather policy is a key part of the overall emergency preparedness and disaster recovery plan of your business. When developing a severe weather plan, the safety of your employees should be first priority, followed by a plan that allows the business to meet necessary needs.

Eight Items to Consider Covering in Your Severe Weather Policy

  1. How will the closure be communicated to your employees
    • You may choose to contact them via a phone call, text, email, or posting on local media sites
  2. Outline your expectation that employees use caution while arriving and leaving work in poor weather conditions
  3. Include a note that the company will monitor the weather forecast and any conditions that will cause a closure including snowfall amount, rainfall, temperature, electrical outage, loss of heat, weather emergencies, etc.
  4. Include a note that traveling employees are not to drive in unsafe conditions
  5. Expectations about what happens during a closure, including whether employees should work from home
  6. How compensation will be handled in the event of a severe weather scenario
  7. How you will notify customers, clients, or vendors of a closure
    • Options may include a post on your website and social media pages, voicemail message, email, etc.
  8. An outline of the process if a mid-day closure occurs

When developing your plan, consider setting criteria about what may cause a closure, including the amount of snowfall, road conditions, temperatures, and warnings from the National Weather Service and your state’s Department of Transportation.

OSHA offers resources for emergency preparedness planning on their website, including planning for natural disasters and weather situations where employees may need to shelter in place.

Emergency Preparedness

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Having a severe weather plan in effect in advance of any unexpected weather events will allow for your business to plan ahead and keep things running smoothly in the event of an emergency.

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