How to Prepare Your Business for Drought Risk

Running a business requires a lot of water, meaning droughts can slow operations or bring them to a halt. The U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) map shows that more than one-third of U.S. land experiences severe, extreme or exceptional drought conditions. It’s critical for businesses to know how to prepare for drought risk so that they can keep operating when water is low.

3 Tips to Help Prepare Your Business for Drought Risk

URI provides emergency drought services and restoration support for businesses. We’re always there for companies with damage, but proper preparation can minimize the harmful effects. Here are our tips for businesses preparing for drought risk.

1. Practice Water Conservation Tactics

Prioritizing water conservation during non-drought periods can help your company adjust to the constraints this event will impose. Your business will be used to doing more with less, meaning a drought will be slower to affect your staff. Some helpful conservation tactics to integrate include:

  • Installing flow restrictors for faucets.
  • Purchasing instant water heaters.
  • Fixing leaks immediately.
  • Allowing grass to grow higher to retain moisture.
  • Keeping smaller lawns and cultivating natural vegetation.
  • Using all excess water.

2. Learn Your Area’s Drought History

Evidence links wildfires and global warming, and their increases put millions of families and businesses at Foresight is a powerful mitigation tool. Spend time learning how frequently droughts occur in your area, how long they last, which areas see the largest impact and what signs indicate a drought is coming. This information can help your business plan its water usage and financial priorities. Ensure the data you gather is readily available to your staff in order to organize drought mitigation efforts.

3. Develop a Plan

The businesses that see the most success through droughts plan ahead. Your business should create a strategy that establishes objectives to meet before, during and after a drought. Establish a team that will conduct research, monitor resources and determine how your business will respond.

There are many factors to consider, and environmental conditions can change fast, so it’s important to periodically evaluate and amend your drought plan. For the best results, collaborate with an organization that has plenty of drought planning experience.

Learn More About Unlimited Restoration

Flood planning is a lot of work, but Unlimited Restoration, Inc. won’t leave you out to dry. We’ve spent more than 25 years helping businesses plan for natural disasters and assisting them in times of need. We’re available to develop a disaster plan that enables your business to operate confidently during all conditions. Contact us online to learn how to prepare for a drought.


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