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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. 

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IHRSA, Stone Creek Club Seek to Help Flooded Louisiana Health Clubs

The flooding in Louisiana is the worst natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy, according to the Red Cross, displacing thousands of residents and businesses—including health clubs. 

IHRSA member Stone Creek Club and Spa, located in Covington, LA—just outside of the flood area—has been reaching out to flooded clubs to provide some much-needed relief. 

Stone Creek Club posted a photo of cleaning supply donations on their Facebook page.

“We've been contacting clubs in the flooded areas to see what Stone Creek and our industry can do to help them keep their businesses going,” says Larry Conner, president of Stone Creek Club and IHRSA board member. “We have a few pieces of equipment we could lend to a flooded club to use until they can obtain new equipment.” 

Stone Creek Club’s efforts don’t stop there—the health club partnered with the United Methodist Committee on Relief to help their neighbors in need, collected donations of cleaning supplies to help with flood recovery.

Reaching Out to Flooded Louisiana Clubs 

Larry and Stone Creek Assistant General Manager Marvin Greese visited people and clubs in the affected area, serving hearty free food as well as some of the club’s healthier options, such as apples, bananas, and bottled water. 

One of the clubs they visited was Spectrum Fitness in Denham Springs, LA, which took on 2-3 feet of water in two days, destroying just about everything inside. 

“The population of this suburb of Baton Rouge is around 12,000 people and nearly everyone got water,” Larry says. “This is where a lot of people were stuck on the highway for over 24 hours. Nothing is open and debris is everywhere.” 

When Larry and his GM arrived, Spectrum Fitness GM Ryan Hartley and Club Director Corey Williams were gutting the club and working on salvaging some of its equipment, though all of their cardio equipment was destroyed. 

“I told him we came to see how he was doing from concerned clubs in the New Orleans area and also from IHRSA—he was floored,” Larry says. “He could not believe IHRSA thought of them. I told him IHRSA did and wanted to know what message we can spread to help him and others in the area.” 

Fitness Vendors Willing to Lend a Hand 

Ryan told Larry that their goal is to be open in three weeks, but he will need equipment—fast. 

To help them reach their goal, Larry reached out to vendors to ask if they would expedite the ordering process for affected clubs. 

How You Can Help Flooded Louisiana Health Clubs 

“It will be a long road and they are going to hit times of need over the next few weeks, so I told them to let us know and we would help in any way that we can,” Larry says. “As you know, clubs are vital to a community’s well-being. We need to help these clubs to get open to help the Community heal. People need their jobs back. Members need that stress relief and the sense of community that clubs provide.” 

Larry ConnerIn addition to giving to the charities linked to above, your club can help by reaching out to affected clubs in Louisiana. 

“We would ask IHRSA clubs across the country to think of these affected areas and offer any support or assistance they can by reaching out directly to the damaged clubs or to us at Stone Creek,” he says. “We will be happy to help facilitate that communication.”

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