The Importance of Hurricane Preparedness For Your Business

We cannot stress enough about the importance of hurricane preparedness. The worst time to realize that your backup diesel fuel and generators are not ready is in the midst of a catastrophe. This year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), is predicting an above-average Atlantic hurricane season. Forecasters anticipate anywhere from 11 to 17 named storms. In the past 15 years alone, the U.S. has experienced some of the worst hurricanes in history. What’s more, a total of seven storms from 2004, to the present, made the top-ten of costliest storms ever. Is your business ready for hurricane season? Even a few hours without power could have devastating effects on your bottom line.

Is Your Fuel Ready?

One third of all generator failures are caused by bad fuel! Your generators may be tuned up and are ready to go, but what about your backup fuel? There is a common misconception that once fuel is purchased and stored it is everlasting. However, that is not the case. Diesel fuel breaks down over time, which can compromise generator efficiency. Further, if fuel is left unattended it may become a sludgy mess, which in turn can clog filters, causing more damage.

Regular Maintenance is Critical

There are many factors which can affect fuel quality. Luckily, there are ways to ensure your fuel lasts longer. Fuel tank maintenance is critical for proper hurricane preparedness.

  • Establish an annual fuel maintenance program.
  • Filtering reduces the potential for problems by removing sediments and gums.
  • Check and change filters at regular intervals.
  • When filters begin to need frequent changing, the fuel should be changed over.
  • Tanks should be cleaned at least once every 5 years, or more frequently if there is a major contamination.

Create A Disaster Recovery Plan

Develop a communication and logistics plan that includes everyone. That way, in the event of severe weather, you can easily coordinate secure meeting points. Plus, organize an alternative, temporary space for business operations. Once you develop the plan, make sure it is distributed to everyone in your company. From executives to maintenance crews, in the event of a disaster, all employees must work together.

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late

The best time to ensure hurricane preparedness for your business, is in the months leading up to hurricane season. However, if you find that you have neglected your generator fuel and storage tanks, Clean Fuels Associates can help. We have a fleet of vacuum and filtration trucks available for dispatch. Don’t wait until it is too late. Get prepared for hurricane season, now.