The impacts of Bad Weather – how can you be prepared?
Many North East tourism businesses have been severely impacted by bad weather in the past. Whether it be having to close because of flooded premises or because customers can’t make it to your event because of severe snow, the monetary impacts can be painful and the negative effects can continue for many months.
Tourism businesses are encouraged to plan their response to future adverse weather and the information here is intended to help you to do just that. Having an up to date weather resilience plan will help your business to be prepared, continue operating and shorten the time it takes to get back on your feet after extreme weather.
So what can you do?
The Environment Agency has lots of information about preparing for floods. They recommend:
• Know your flood risks.
• Sign up to the available flood warnings
• Make a Business Flood Plan
• Make your property flood resistant
• Take a Business Resilience Health Check
• Use a Business Flood Checklist to make sure you’re prepared
• In a flood, keep up to date with the latest warnings and activate your flood plan.
Find out about all of these steps at the Environment Agency website.
VisitEngland have more useful information on their Business Advice Hub.
Where to find more information:
Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service has produced a handy leaflet on the subject of Business Continuity Management. It also provides contact details to help you access additional advice.
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Newcastle City Council’s Resilience Planning Team aim to create a ‘Resilient Newcastle’
In North Tyneside:
North Tyneside Council provide emergency contacts and advise on developing a business continuity plan.
In South Tyneside:
Businesses are also encouraged to think about their business continuity plan and have emergency contacts to hand.
In County Durham:
The County Durham and Darlington Local Resilience Forum meet regularly to plan and train for emergencies. Durham County Council also provides lots of emergency planning information for tourism businesses.