It’s Hurricane Season: Keep Your Dealership Ready For Severe Weather
debris around your building. Prepare an emergency plan. (OSHA requires this.) Know how to contact all your employees if you do suffer a power outage. Agility Recovery, a vendor that spe- cializes in disaster response and pre- paredness, can advise dealerships on how to secure against severe storms. n
join our retail automotive colleagues from around the country in helping the people of Louisiana get back on their feet.” GNYADA’s $10,000 contribution is part of a larger campaign led by the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), which has the goal to raise $2 million among its membership to go toward Louisiana relief. Over the years, GNYADA and its net- work of franchised new car dealer members across the metro area have been reliable sources for aid when it Obtain a backup generator to help your facility maintain power. It’s smart to do this prior to a storm warning; they’ll become scarcer as the storm gets closer. If a storm is coming, move your vehicles to higher ground whenever possible. Also, make sure as many vehicles as possible are covered. Cover your computers and other office equipment, and ideally get them off the floor. Also, keep in mind that lightning can cause power surges which can disable sensitive electronic devices and appliances. If severe weather is coming, unplug these devices; don’t just switch them off. Back up your electronic data in the cloud. Board up glass and remove loose
As tropical storms and hurricanes threaten coastal areas across the U.S., dealerships should be on high alert. To minimize the harm that a major storm can cause to your facility and your vehicles, here are some pre- paredness steps you can take today: Make sure your existing safe- guards (storm windows, drains, etc.) are still durable and function- ing properly. Falling trees or branches can demolish buildings and vehicles. Check trees and shrubs on the property for loosely attached limbs or signs of rot. If necessary, hire a licensed, insured professional to trim or remove the tree(s). Keep any hardcopy insurance poli- cies shielded from water (or fire) damage. n n
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In addition, be sure to review Pay Rules for Severe Weather Closings and Storm Damaged Vehicle Disclosures enclosed with the print version of this newsletter.
20 GNYADA Pledges $10,000 to Help Louisiana Flood Victims
GNYADA Chairman Nick Toomey recently announced that in the wake of the floods that ravaged the Baton Rouge and Lafayette regions of Louisiana, the Association will be contributing $10,000 to aid the recov- ery effort. “Although this is a sad time for Louisiana, where 13 people have lost their lives and tens of thousands of homes and businesses have been destroyed, history shows us that the people of Louisiana are strong and resilient rebuilders,” said Toomey. “As an Association of new car dealers here in New York, we are proud to
has been needed most. In the after- maths of Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, the Association stepped up with $100,000 in donations. Following the 9/11 attacks, GNYA- DA made a $50,000 donation to the American Red Cross and coordinated vehicle donations from its members to assist recovery efforts. Dealers wishing to make additional donations to NADA’s Emergency Relief Fund are encouraged to do so, and may follow the instructions found on nada.org/emergencyrelief .
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