HOUSTON, Sept. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- As hurricane season roars into full swing, most of the tips for hurricane readiness relate to protecting homes. AP Gas & Electric (TX), LLC, a leading independent provider of electricity for homes and businesses, believes that storms impact their commercial customers in much the same way as their residential customers.
Homeowners typically know the steps they need to take when a storm is heading their way. They can board up windows, have battery powered radios and lights, candles and plenty of water and canned food on hand.
Businesses have similar challenges during storms. Companies located in office buildings may not have to board up windows themselves, but they still need to prepare in order to protect their employees. APG&E suggests three basic tips on how to prepare employees for storms:
- Plan: Flash flooding can emerge suddenly, making it difficult for employees to get to and from work. Make sure someone in the office is appointed to keep track of developing weather patterns, become knowledgeable about the potential for streets around the office that could be in danger of flooding and find out if parking garages that are situated underground are potential flood zones. This person will be able to warn employees of any hazards.
- Prepare: Just as anyone would do at home, keep a supply of flashlights, water, snacks and blankets in the office in case an unexpected storm hits and employees are trapped at work.
- Communicate: Many employees do not know if they are required to work when a storm is approaching. Create a message chain, so management and employees know if the office is open for business. When the decision is made to close the office, the message should go out quickly. Subsequent updates should also be communicated, as management knows information about any damage to the office, reopening after a storm and other details that are often in question.
"As providers of electricity to homes and businesses throughout the US, we have seen that major storms impact businesses just as much as they do homes," states Barend VanderHorst, CEO of APG&E. "It can be unsettling to employees when they do not know how a storm will impact their ability to get to work. Employers can go a long way in providing safety and support during a hurricane or tropical storm."
APG&E also understands that their customers will have questions during storms. If the power does go out, both residential and commercial customers can log onto www.APGE.com for emergency contact information in their state.
APG&E is the #1 go-to resource for residential and small commercial customers. They deliver electricity at affordable rates and with easy to understand pricing plans.
APG&E's seasoned team of energy professionals provides a sincere, dependable and transparent approach in partnering with customers. What is important to them is to deliver the products and services that their customers need with the highest level of customer service.
Founded in 2004 and originally serving customers in Texas, they have rapidly expanded their reach to over a dozen other markets throughout the country. Their customers rely on them to make buying their energy supply simple and efficient.
AP Gas & Electric
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