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Don’t Let “The Day After” Sneak Up on You

As the summer begins, so does hurricane season and an increased risk for severe storms.  For facility owners in southern, mid-Atlantic, and northeastern states, the threat posed by that once-in-a-lifetime storm is real, and it has the potential to knock your business completely offline for an extended period of time.

Whenever dangerous weather approaches, the first priority is always to focus on family and friends in the communities where we live.  But business owners understand that immediately after the storm has passed, facilities need to be up and running so that employees and customers can continue to count on the goods and services their businesses provide. 

After all, governments have a role to play in disaster recovery, but so do business owners.  No matter how challenging, the return to normal always includes the resumption of normal business operations.

Once the storm subsides, the recovery efforts need to begin immediately to get businesses back up and running.
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Even a relatively small storm can cause widespread devastation. And it’s not just the direct damage that business operators need to be worried about. As a major storm lashes an area, vital infrastructure elements that service facilities like yours can be impacted.

In short, the coming of each storm season brings the need for planning and preparedness. Do you have an evacuation plan, not only for your family but for your staff and employees? Are you ready to bring emergency supplies (and power) to affected buildings? What else can you do to prepare for hurricane season?

Most importantly, who are you going to call when the storm has passed?

Every Boy Scout Knows the “P” Word

Facility owners during these hot summer months should prepare and should consider questions like these, even before the skies darken and the wind picks up.  When it comes to preparation, here are a couple of resources to help you get that ball rolling:

FEMA Hurricane Ready Business Guide

Top 10 Hurricane Preparedness Tips for Construction Sites

Thinking ahead about the most common challenges you can expect after a hurricane can make the difference between simply surviving the storm and emerging from the experience with a viable plan for your business.  

Still, even the best planning can sometimes be overwhelmed by the force of nature.  There is only so much you can do to mitigate the effects of a major storm, and sometimes damage occurs, despite your best efforts.  

In 2017, Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston, Texas. As the storm stalled over the city, floodwaters rose, homes were destroyed, and businesses were ruined. 

For those who lived through those turbulent days, their lives are now forever divided into the time before Harvey, and the time after.  But just as storms like Harvey show nature at its worst, so does the response to those storms show humanity at its finest.

“After Harvey, we pretty much lost it all. We had over 4 feet of water inside all the buildings.”

Meredith Walton, Kingwood Country Club

From helping neighbors shore up sandbag walls, to lending complete strangers a hand in their most desperate moment, the aftermath of a storm like Harvey gives us all an opportunity to remember the best parts of community, trust, and service.

Now, as this year’s hurricane season begins in earnest, it’s time to think ahead to what each of us can do – as businesspeople, and as humans – to anticipate the worst while preparing to deliver our best.

FSG: Your First Call After the Storm 

For FSG, storm season is also a time to prepare. Our crews get ready to carry out disaster recovery services throughout parts of the country that lie in the path of potential storms.

Our customers appreciate the response we provide when they call, at all times but especially when they need us most.  Our 40-year history is full of stories about customer service during good times and bad times, too.


Our in-house experts prepare to answer calls, provide knowledge, and offer guidance. Our leaders and management prepare to put every available resource at the service of people and businesses trying to rebuild after the devastation.

As this year’s storm season begins to heat up, FSG is prepared to stand firmly beside our customers, our employees, and their families.  We certainly hope to avoid a natural disaster this year.  But if one should come, FSG is ready.


Let FSG Help Your Business Get Back Up and Running

If your business has been affected by a hurricane, tornado, or other natural disaster, don’t wait another minute. Call FSG today at (877) 293-6689 to rally the resources of FSG during your time of need.

Whether you need service for your electrical, lighting, signage, or technology infrastructure, FSG is standing by to help. Our service values are “Ability, Capability, and Flexibility,” and we want to put those values to work for you, now.

After the damage is done, true recovery begins. Don’t go it alone. Call FSG today at (877) 293-6689 or visit our website to learn more about our services.  FSG will help you get your business up and running after the storm passes so you can be there for your employees and your community.

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