By Lonnie Fritz, Senior Market Professional, Construction Industries, Caterpillar Inc.

The pandemic wasn’t the only calamity of 2020. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the year was also a record-breaking one for natural disasters. The U.S. experienced 22 separate billion-dollar weather and climate events — the most ever. The combination of severe storms, tropical cyclones, wildfires and drought cost the nation $95 billion in damages in 2020.

Here’s hoping 2021 is a much calmer year. But hope will only get you so far. With most construction work taking place outdoors, natural disasters can wreak havoc on a business. Projects may be delayed; employees may be unable to work; equipment and structures may be destroyed. Preparation is key to ensuring your operation weathers the storm. Here are some steps to take when disaster strikes:

Before: make plans for protection

  • Develop a response plan for natural disasters common in your area. Be…