Hurricane season

Hurricane Watch: is issued when a tropical cyclone containing winds of 74 mph or higher poses a possible threat usually within 48 hours of being issued by the National Weather Service (NWS)

Hurricane Warning: A Hurricane Warning is issued when sustained winds of 74 mph or higher associated with a tropical cyclone are expected in 36 hours or less of being issued by the National Weather Service (NWS)

When Tropical Storm or Hurricane conditions predicted in your area:

  • Clean job site daily
  • Inspect and secure tie-downs for all construction trailers
  • Reschedule material deliveries that have little impact on your production
  • Make sure your staff is aware of your hurricane contingency and communications plan
  • Contact your subcontractors and outline your expectations for securing job sites, explain your contingency plan, and give them phone numbers where they can reach you
  • Make sure your vehicles are fully fueled and outfitted with flashlights, drinking water and any emergency kits
  • Make sure your computers and valuable electronic equipment are surge-protected and properly documented or registered in case of loss
  • Obtain printer cartridges, paper and external batteries to charge small electronic devices like cell phones or tablets
  • Back-up all computer records either to an external hard drive or cloud-based system

When a Hurricane Watch is Issued:

  • Police the job site and reasonable area around the construction zones to assure all loose debris or equipment is removed or properly secured
  • Arrange to have dumpsters or empty shipping containers removed
  • Stop material deliveries with suppliers
  • Stop any work that is highly vulnerable to damage by wind or rain
  • Complete tasks such as concrete work if it may prevent damage to the job site
  • Have any subcontractors secure or remove unnecessary materials or equipment from job sites
  • Job sites with cranes should take special precautions to secure as these could be affected by high winds
  • Prepare to cover windows and glass doors
  • Communicate any changes in planning, worksite activities and hurricane preparations to employees

When a Hurricane Warning is Issued:

  • Make sure the dumpsters or shipping containers have been emptied, removed or secured
  • Remove scaffolding
  • Secure or remove all building materials
  • Turn off power at circuit breakers to any temporary electric service and to homes under construction
  • Close and cover all windows and glass doors with plywood
  • Make sure your offices and job site trailers are properly secured
  • If authorities call for mandatory evacuations, inform employees to leave immediately