Another Strong Hurricane Season Ahead
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center has released hurricane season predictions. According to forecasters, there is a 65% chance of an above-average hurricane season, marking the seventh consecutive year for above-average hurricane activity in the Atlantic.
While an average season typically spawns seven hurricanes, forecasters predict that as many as ten hurricanes with sustained winds of 74 mph or more could form in 2022. Of the predicted hurricanes, between three and six storms may reach Category 3, 4, or 5 with sustained winds of 111 mph or more. In addition, the NOAA is estimating that 14 to 21 named storms might develop, including tropical storms containing wind speeds of 39 mph or more. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30.
Now is as good a time as any to dust off your disaster plan and make preparations. Statistics show that fifty-two percent of businesses have experienced at least one disruptive event in the last five years, and sixty-two percent do not have an emergency plan in place. To help you get started, check out a quick list of things you can do to prepare your business for hurricane season.
When Weather Events Strike, We are Here to Help
If your business is impacted by weather, contact us to discuss how we can help. There is always a chance that a storm could cause shipping delays. We are ready to assist you if you decide to process a payroll a few days early. If a storm impacts your area and you have questions about the status of a recent payroll, please do not hesitate to reach out. We are ready and available to help you prepare for changing weather conditions. Your CBIZ HCM Team is always here if you have any questions.
CBIZ also offers paperless payroll, which allows employees to receive their earnings via direct deposit or pay cards. Employees can then access their pay stubs and W2 forms online, and employers have online access to payroll reports. Going paperless can reduce the impact a storm has on your payroll delivery and keep you from paying shipping charges for delivering payroll packets. For more information, contact your CBIZ Service Team.
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