A historic blizzard hit the Midwest region over the past weekend, dumping over two feet of snow in some cities in North Dakota. Roads were closed and the state was under a no-travel advisory, with officials recommending that residents not use their GPS for navigation to avoid getting stuck on less-traveled roadways.
 
The storm left some 325 people without power in Pembina County, plus many others throughout North Dakota and the entire Midwest. 
 
Even if you’re not in the Midwest, it’s worth developing a strategy for how your business will respond to a spontaneous snowstorm before winter really hits. Do you have a winter storm preparedness plan in place that keeps you and your customers protected, even if it’s not quite winter yet? How do you go about developing such a plan?
 
A photo of cars with lots of snow on top.

Step One: Know What You Need

Developing your inclement weather plan is an individual process. Not every business has the same needs, and you’ll need to consult with experts and understand your building’s structure and roof for the exact specifications for what your structure can bear and what it can’t.

Don’t just rely on your building’s plans, either. Consider additions, changes, and maintenance as you plan for a blizzard. When were your gutters last cleaned? Have you added an HVAC unit? With these adjustments, how much weight can your roof bear?

Consider consulting a licensed structural engineer to evaluate your current structure and make recommendations for how you can prepare for winter storms.

A photo of cars snowed in at a parking lot.

Step Two: Know the Risks

Once you have all the information, think about the potential risks of a surprise snowstorm for your business. You don’t have to get apocalyptic, but do think about worst-case scenarios. 

What will you do if a roof collapses? What would happen if someone slipped and fell in your parking lot? If a customer slips on ice, you may be liable for their injury. Instead of waiting for the worst to happen, make a plan to address it.

Step Three: Know Your Plan

Once you know the worst-case scenarios, you can plan for them. Plan ahead for a roof collapse by booking snow removal early. Avoid costly and dangerous slips by having a snow removal organization like Transblue on retainer.
 
If you book in advance, you won’t have to frantically call multiple companies in the hopes that somebody will be able to plow your parking lot or remove the snow from your roof quickly—you’ll know without a doubt that you’ll get the service you need.
 
Keep your snow removal company’s number on hand, along with the numbers of your local fire department, landlord, insurance company, plumber, and so on. Have and maintain an emergency kit at your place of business in case you need to shelter in place. 
 
It might seem excessive at first, but with several feet of snow bringing the Midwest to a halt in early October, it’s never too early to plan.
 
Contact Transblue to book your snow removal service today and be sure that your business stays up and running, no matter the season.