From hurricanes to tornadoes to earthquakes and more, weather is no longer a seasonal issue in specific regions, but a 24/7 risk that impacts almost everyone's home and work lives. And the threat is growing. According to researchers from Cornell University, Americans can expect even more heat waves, heavy downpours, floods, and droughts in the years to come.¹
Much of this extreme weather will interfere with work. Smart employees and employers are being proactive about this issue, setting up contingency plans, such as alternate work locations, internal and external communication plans and emergency preparedness kits for employees who get stuck at work or on business trips. The Hartford Small Business Pulse: Storm Sandy (March 2013) survey found that, prior to Hurricane Sandy, only 15 percent of small business owners impacted by Storm Sandy in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut created an updated list of emergency contact numbers. And only 12 percent of respondents enabled their employees to work remotely.
Many of us are guilty of climbing on our rooftops to unclog overflowing gutters or shoveling ourselves into a back injury. With more than 2,600 people being injured during periods of extreme weather² in 2012, another part of preparedness in anticipation of extreme weather is awareness of where to find help, come what may.
With more predictions of wild weather on the horizon, we all need to prepare for its impact.
1 Ramanujan, K.. (Feb. 01, 2013). More extreme weather predicted in national climate report. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
2 National Weather Service. Summary of Natural Hazard Statistics for 2012 in the United States. Report generated: 5/7/2013.