Fleet Protection And Aid During Natural Disasters

Jun 17, 2013

Fleet managers of businesses large and small need to be prepared for unforeseen natural disasters.  This is not only important for the safety of their drivers and the protection of their fleets, but for the greater community as well in regards to boosting relief efforts through their available resources.

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However, making sure that this doesn't happen to your business, no matter the size, involves only a few preventive measures:

~  Full coverage insurance on all vehicles in fleet

~  Drivers have the proper resources to get out of trouble and sustain for a few days

~  Plan for communication and safety in the event of a disaster

~  Rolling backups for important data held at headquarters/ dispatch

~  Set aside a % of revenue to be used as a natural disaster fund:

     1.  Required expenses that will have to continue to be paid

     2.  Repairs that are necessary due to disaster damage

     3.  Register with the Small Business Administration for supplemental aid that FEMA or insurance will not be able to cover

     4.  Disaster kits containing nonperishable food, water, batteries, and a first aid kit at the minimum should be in each fleet vehicle

Executing these necessary steps can mean the difference between continuing business after the storm clears and leaving the doors shut for good.

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