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Friday
Oct282016

Natural Disaster Preparedness Resources for Health Clubs

It’s hard to know where to turn when a natural disaster strikes—especially when the effects of Mother Nature negatively impact your health club business. 

That’s why IHRSA and our group purchasing suppliers have put together a list of resources our members can use to both prepare for a natural disaster and mitigate the damages after one strikes. 

Hurricanes and Flooding 

Hurricane season is June through November in the U.S. The winds from these storms can exceed 155 mph and the tornadoes, microbursts and storm surges associated with hurricanes often add to the devastation. 

To help clubs prepare for and recover from a hurricane, our friends at Grainger put together a handy checklist of equipment and supplies you should have on hand

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), flooding has caused more damage in the U.S. than any other severe, weather-related event. FEMA records show that over the past 10 years, the average claim due to flood damage amounted to over $33,000. 

Grainger has created a flooding preparedness and recovery checklist, too. 

Winter Weather 

January and February are busy months for health clubs, but the increase in member traffic makes it even more important to keep a close eye on cold weather safety measures. 

To help you keep your members and facilities safe, Philadelphia Insurance, an IHRSA Group Purchasing supplier, created a list of six winter safety considerations that should be top-of-mind during the winter months. 

Read their full blog post about winter weather safety risks and tips, from freeze prevention to cold weather exercise. 

Wildfires 

When there’s a drought in your area, there’s inevitably an increased risk of wildfires. 

Here is some information to help you lower your health club’s risk and damage from wildfires from Philadelphia Insurance. 

To protect your club from wildfires, you should:   

  • Create and maintain defensible space around your property
  • Strategically place fire-resistant plants to resist the spread of fire
  • Cover chimneys with a screen
  • Ask your utility company to trim trees away from power lines
  • Check condition of fire extinguishers
  • Practice fire drills and emergency evacuation
  • Note the location of the closest fire hydrant or water supply  

Read the full blog post about wildfire prevention for health clubs. 

Warm Weather 

During the summer season, rising temperatures mean rising risk for health clubs—and they’re not as predictable as one might think. 

It’s critical to make sure you are getting proper ventilation and temperature control in your facility. Exercising in extreme heat can lead to many various medical issues for your members. Also make sure you have cold liquids readily available and easily accessible and air conditioning is working properly at all times. 

During a heat wave, you should also consider the added risks of moving exercise training outdoors. Read our full blog post on warm weather risks for health clubs.

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