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Navigating Hurricane Season: Essential Tips for Florida Restaurant Operators and Staff

Kareem Azees
Marketing Lead
Last updated:
August 29, 2023

As hurricane season approaches, the beautiful state of Florida (as well as others!) gears up to face the potential challenges that come with it. For restaurant operators, managers, owners, and workers, preparing for a hurricane requires careful planning and proactive strategies. With how unpredictable weather conditions can be, it's crucial to have a well-thought-out plan in place (and technology partner!) to ensure the safety of your team, the preservation of your establishment, and the continuation of quality service even during challenging times.

With hurricane Idalia expected to hit within the next few days or weeks, it is more important than ever to have a game plan in place to ensure you’re able to navigate hurricane season successfully:

10 best practises to keep in mind during
hurricane season for restaurants:


1) Develop a Comprehensive Emergency Plan:

Preparation is key to minimizing the impact of a hurricane on your restaurant. Create an emergency plan that outlines specific actions to be taken before, during, and after a hurricane. Assign roles and responsibilities to your staff, designating individuals to monitor weather updates, secure the premises, and communicate with the team.

2) Stay Informed:

Monitor weather forecasts and updates from reliable sources regularly. Consider using weather apps or subscribing to text alerts to receive real-time information. Staying informed will allow you to make timely decisions about potential closures or adjustments to operating hours.

3) Secure Your Property:

Protect your restaurant by securing outdoor furniture, signage, and any loose items that could become projectiles in strong winds. Reinforce windows and doors, and consider installing storm shutters for added protection. If possible, raise equipment and inventory off the ground to prevent water damage.



4) Stock Up on Essentials:

Before a hurricane hits, ensure you have an ample supply of essential items such as bottled water, non-perishable food, first aid kits, and flashlights. This is especially important if your restaurant plans to provide shelter or assistance to the community during and after the storm.

5) Communicate Clearly:

Keep your staff and customers informed about your restaurant's status. Update your website, social media profiles, and voicemail to reflect any changes in operating hours or closures. Clear communication will help manage expectations and reduce confusion.

6) Protect Data and Records:

Back up critical business data, such as financial records, employee information, and customer data, to off-site servers or cloud-based storage platforms. This ensures that essential information remains accessible even if your physical location experiences damage.

7) Prioritize Safety:

Above all else, prioritize the safety of your staff and customers. If local authorities issue evacuation orders, comply promptly and encourage your team to do the same. Encourage a culture of safety by conducting regular drills and providing training on emergency procedures.



8) Collaborate with the Community:

In times of crisis, solidarity within the community can make a significant difference. Collaborate with neighboring businesses, community centers, and emergency services to pool resources, share information, and provide mutual support.

9) Plan for Post-Storm Recovery:

Once the storm passes, assess any damage to your restaurant and property. Document the extent of the damage thoroughly, as this information will be useful when filing insurance claims. Coordinate with local authorities to determine when it's safe to reopen and resume operations.

10) Review and Learn:

After hurricane season concludes, gather your team to review the effectiveness of your emergency plan. Identify areas for improvement and update your plan accordingly. Learning from each experience will better prepare you for the following year.



Why partnering with a repair & maintenance tech platform will enhance resilience during hurricane season:

Technology for restaurants continues to play a pivotal role in streamlining operations and enhancing preparedness, especially during challenging times like hurricane season. Partnering with a reputable repair and maintenance tech platform (like ResQ!) will significantly bolster your restaurant's resilience in the face of adverse weather conditions. From proactive equipment maintenance to swift repairs in the aftermath of a storm, ResQ’s got your back.



When a hurricane does strike, the aftermath can leave your restaurant in need of repairs — fast! ResQ has a trusted and vetted network of skilled technicians who are ready to respond quickly to your needs. From issues in your restaurant’s structure or roof, to small breakdowns or electrical problems inside, ResQ has a tech ready for it all.

Using ResQ also streamlines communication and documentation for repairs, both during hurricane season and following. After a storm, you can easily log and track repair requests, ensuring that no issue goes unnoticed and that repairs are efficiently managed. This documentation can prove invaluable when interacting with insurance companies for claims processing!

Incorporating technology into your hurricane preparedness strategy showcases your commitment to adapting and embracing innovative solutions to protect your restaurant and the safety of your team. By joining forces with ResQ, you not only fortify your restaurant against the challenges of hurricane season but also position yourself to save time and money on R&M — letting you get back to your business.

Learn more about ResQ!