How To Weather Any Storm: Tips for Disaster Planning

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…