08.30
2019

Your Severe Weather Checklist

If you live in the south, as we do here at Actsoft, then you know hurricane season is here, and we’re currently faced with the first major storm of the season. Hurricane Dorian is wending its way through the Atlantic, currently along a trajectory that is expected to lead it right into the heart of Florida. The storm continues to increase in strength, with the potential to grow into a powerful Category 4 storm before reaching land. With such ferocity barreling its way here, there’s no time to waste in making preparations.

We’ve written before about the ways to prepare for a storm from a business standpoint. But you and your team also have loved ones to think about, particularly if your home is within a storm’s projected path. Whether it’s Hurricane Dorian or another future tempest, we wanted to share a few tips that can help you weather the storm as comfortably as possible.

  1. Stock up with at least seven days’ worth of supplies. This includes one gallon of water per person, per day, and non-perishable foods.
  2. If you have a grill, stock up on extra fuel — gas, propane, charcoal, etc. — in the event that you lose power.
  3. If you have a back-up generator, keep extra fuel readily available.
  4. Top off your car’s gas tank.
  5. Have an evacuation plan in place if necessary, including a reliable route to safety.
  6. Secure all critical documents — birth certificates, passports, life insurance papers, etc. — in a waterproof safe.
  7. Keep a stocked first-aid kit, and make sure you have a supply of any prescription medications.
  8. Have extra cash on hand in the event ATMs become inoperable.
  9. Other important supplies to keep handy: flashlights/lanterns, battery-powered radio, portable chargers for cell phones/essential devices, and batteries.

For even more tips to help you out during this, or any other, storm, check out the Red Cross’s website. Stay safe and dry this weekend!

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07.19
2019

Heat Waves and Bad-Weather Management

It sure looks like it’s gonna be another hot one out there, eh?

Ah, weather. That go-to, default topic reserved especially for workplace conversations when, well, frankly you aren’t sure what else to talk about in a given situation. (Think: when you’re waiting for the elevator to finish its slow crawl to your floor so you can finally be on your way.)

Well, that’s typically the case anyway. But if you’ve been paying attention to the news in recent days (or years, really), then you know the weather is actually a hot-button topic. Right now, Europe is not-so-eagerly awaiting its second bout of record-breaking temperatures expected to hit next week. This comes just three weeks after the first heat wave of the year, which saw an all-time high temperature in France.

Stateside, the Midwest and East Coast are both bracing for impact, so to speak, as temperatures are expected to soar into the 90s and 100s over the weekend, with the possibility of surpassing even 110 degrees in some areas, and there is little expected relief to look forward to even after the sun dips below the horizon. (It’s so bad, New York City actually canceled its much-anticipated triathlon this weekend, the first time its ever had to do this.)

Of course, this is on par with an apparent influx in severe weather many have been experiencing in recent years, whether it’s storms hitting harder and more frequently than they ever have before, or sparse amounts of regular rainfall helping fuel rampant wildfires.

Depending on your business, weather can have a severe impact on your day-to-day operations. If you’re flying blind, so to speak, you might find yourself at a bit of a loss when chaos throws your plans into disarray. But you’ll find yourself in a much better position if you have a management system in place that helps you easily oversee your employees’ activities throughout the day.

For example, should the weather result in one or more emergencies warranting immediate attention, you can use GPS Tracking to determine which team member(s) are best positioned to handle the situation. Then use our Job Dispatching feature to send the new work order(s) and reprioritize so your workers can change course.

If severe weather is impacting your company’s ability to do its job due to safety concerns, you can quickly disperse a secure, team-wide message to the masses, giving them important updates — such as telling them to pack up and seek shelter — that help to make sure everyone receives the same message across the board.

Timekeeping will help you keep track of all those odd hours your workers might be pulling due to weather-related shifts in duties. The GPS stamp on each time punch verifies their locations while on the clock, and you can run ad hoc reports to keep on top of overtime to help make sure it’s evenly dispersed, if necessary.

Next time you find yourself at a loss for original conversation, at least you now know that weather can actually be the jumping-off point for bigger, business-related conversation. And hopefully, that conversation eventually leads to further discussion about a solution — our solution — to your weather-related business conundrums.

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