hurricaneWith forecasters predicting slightlybelow-average activity for the remainder of the Atlantic hurricaneseason, relief is tempered by two truths: Some 90 percent of allmajor hurricane activity typically occurs after August 1. And justone significant land-falling hurricane, which is likely even in a“light” season, can be devastating. The 2011 season was relativelybenign, for example—unless you were in the path of Hurricane Ireneor were affected by Tropical Storm Lee in the Gulf region.

So be cautiously optimistic, but not complacent, as we enter theprime season. You cannot alter the course of Mother Nature, but youcan alter the impact a big storm has on your business income andrevenue streams.

Business-interruption costs are a large part of any hurricanelosses and can have a major impact even on facilities not severelydamaged by a storm. It is important that you have awell-thought-out catastrophe plan designed to provide safety foryour employees and protect your property. There are steps you cantake now to mitigate the costly business interruptions that canfollow a hurricane—or any catastrophe.

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