Natural disasters seem to be on the rise. Incidents causing severe property damage, interrupted business income and even loss of life impact many regions of America and other parts of the world. As a business owner, there’s not much you can do to prevent a natural disaster. However, there’s plenty you can do to protect your interests by properly preparing for catastrophic events.
Running a business requires access to the right equipment. That includes quality equipment you can count on to be there when a major disaster strikes. To make sure you’re ready for disaster response, you need an emergency preparedness plan. That plan must include disaster relief rental equipment.
According to the Insurance Information Institute, last year, natural disasters caused $160 billion in property losses worldwide. And $31.5 billion of that was in the United States where hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires led the list. Other natural catastrophes contributing to the destruction included winter blizzards, summer heatwaves and indiscriminate storm surge flooding. Business owners need to be aware of four main categories of natural disasters:
Depending on your location, you’re at higher risk for certain events than others. For instance, if you’re on the American west coast, you have a higher risk of wildfire and earthquake damage than those in New England who suffer devastating blizzards. You might be in the southern coastal lands where storm surge floods often follow destruction caused by hurricane winds. Or, you might be in the country’s central farmlands, also known as tornado alley.
No matter where you are, there’s some form of natural disaster that looms ahead. While it’s impossible to avoid these catastrophes, there is a lot you can do to prepare. Part of an adequate plan is having reliable emergency response equipment solutions so that you’re ready when disaster strikes.
Natural disasters rarely occur without some warning. Aside from earthquakes and tornadoes, you’ll often have a few days of notice that a severe weather change is on its way. This gives you a bit of time to prepare for the event and its aftermath, but that’s not enough if you’re serious about protecting your business and being ready to fix the damage caused by a natural disaster.
The key to surviving a natural disaster is storm preparedness. It involves an overall strategy of anticipating what to expect and putting protection measures in place. Then, you need to be able to respond with the right equipment during the main event as well as during the days following whatever destruction your area suffers. Here are the main parts of a business emergency preparedness plan:
“Failing to plan is planning to fail” is not just an old saying. Failing to have an emergency preparedness plan can be devastating if you’re caught by surprise and have nowhere to turn. That includes not having built a solid business relationship with an equipment dealer who has the right tools and machinery to give you front-line defense during a natural disaster and the support to recover.
Being prepared for a severe natural event makes sound business sense. Your investment in creating an emergency preparedness plan will pay off when trouble comes and your business gets put to the test. Your investment in building an equipment rental relationship is also a critical preparedness component. That’s where The Cat® Rental Store comes in.
When you’re faced with a natural disaster, there’s no better partner to have than the Cat Rental Store. With over 1,300 locations across North America, The Cat Rental Store has every equipment resource you’ll need to face nature’s force and follow through with a successful recovery. Whether it’s temporary power solutions or massive earthmoving machinery, partnering with Caterpillar provides you with peace of mind and proven support.
At the Cat Rental Store, we help you prepare for whatever natural disaster you can expect in your region. For many parts of America, losing electrical power is a primary concern. Cat Rental Power has you covered when your power goes down by supplying you with electric power generation rentals. These generator sets range from light-duty units that run basic electrical support to large-capacity industrial generators that give you a nearly unlimited power supply.
Maintaining electrical flow during a storm or other natural event is critical. We’ve got you covered there. However, The Cat Rental Store goes above and beyond power generation as your natural disaster relief partner. We’ll supply you with a wide range of equipment, from pumps to trucks.
At the Cat Rental Store, we believe it’s part of our responsibility to help you prepare for devastating natural events. That includes helping you with an emergency preparedness plan. But first, let’s look at why many businesses don’t have a solid emergency preparation and recovery plan:
You’re probably wondering what we mean by “preparing” for a natural disaster. Well, we endorse every component in a general business emergency preparedness plan. Those components include the principles of anticipating, considering, identifying, establishing, protecting, creating and reviewing a comprehensive plan as well as building relationships to make sure support is always there.
At the Cat Rental Store, we go beyond the basics. We get specific by addressing every business component you have and ensuring you’re ready for any natural catastrophe you can imagine. Here are some business items to take care of during and after a disaster:
The Cat Rental Store specializes in supporting businesses when they have to operate outside normal parameters. There’s no greater support test than being there during an emergency, and Caterpillar has the experience to back you up when things get bad. We have the services to support you and a wide selection of specialized tools, machinery and equipment to help you weather any storm you’ll suffer.
When you partner with the Cat Rental Store for emergency preparedness and protection against natural disasters, you’re sure to be covered. You and your customers are assured Caterpillar’s support will be up and running regardless of what comes your way. Here’s what the Cat Rental Store offers for natural disaster support:
With hundreds of locations across the North American continent, our dealers know their local conditions. Cat equipment suppliers have the necessary experience in their climatic zones to anticipate what equipment is needed in their area to meet natural disaster requirements. That includes having the right equipment ready and knowing what equipment you need for natural disaster response.
The Cat Rental Store maintains an extensive equipment inventory. Many items are top-quality Cat brand items that you know you can depend on. Caterpillar is a long-established manufacturer, dealer and rental equipment provider with a proven track record of getting the work done regardless of conditions.
At The Cat Rental Store, we also offer you other machinery and tool brands beyond the Cat brand name. That’s because we want to make sure you have access to every asset you need when disaster strikes and you’re faced with new challenges. Whether you need Cat equipment or another form of support, we’re here to provide you the best possible equipment for natural disaster response.
If you’re like most business owners, the first thing you think of when planning for an uncontrollable natural event is electricity. That’s because the first storm-related problem is usually a power outage. When the grid collapses and you’re left all alone, you’ll immediately benefit from your relationship with us through the electric power generation rentals we provide.
The Cat Rental Store provides you with full-service power generation equipment. These are independent generator units you can trust to back you up and keep you going until your grid service returns. Depending on the event, that could be days or weeks. Here are the emergency response equipment solutions you need to get you back up and running:
Caterpillar has decades of experience in the temporary power generation equipment business. We deliver dependable generators that are clean, well-maintained and won’t let you down in any emergency. Make sure you have the right generator in your emergency preparedness plan, and that your Cat rental equipment provider has it standing by.
Your Cat Rental Store also has other excellent natural disaster response and storm restoration equipment on hand. It’s one matter to build a defense to survive hurricane-force winds or a tornado while it’s mid-storm. It’s entirely different to restore power and rebuild damaged property after the storm center has passed.
The Cat Rental Store partners with you to supply all the equipment you’ll need to weather an entire natural disaster event. In the aftermath, you’ll likely need earthmoving equipment to restore roadways, aerial lifts to fix powerlines and pumps to drain stormwater. Here are the most popular Cat equipment pieces available to you for storm restoration and natural disaster response measures.
Earthmoving equipment is a large category. Our inventory covers what you’ll need to clear paths, clean-up debris and restore order on the ground. Check out these top-notch machines for rent at The Cat Rental Store:
Renting a truck is a solution for ridding your site of debris and fall-out from a storm. Natural disasters like a tornado or a massive snowstorm can leave debris that has to be trucked away. No matter what volume you’re faced with, The Cat Rental Store can equip you with one of these rental trucks:
There are more natural disaster mitigation and remediation rental equipment pieces out there besides electrical generators, earthmoving machinery and big trucks. If there’s a natural disaster or storm-caused problem, then The Cat Rental Store has a solution. Here are more examples of equipment that Caterpillar has ready:
At The Cat Rental Store, we have the right rental equipment for every job. We’re here in fair and foul weather to make sure your business is adequately protected. The Cat Rental network has everything you need in one convenient location, so when you’re faced with an impending disaster, you’ll know where to go.
There’s sure to be a Cat Rental Store near you. With over 1,300 connected Cat Rental dealers across North America, we’re ready for anything Mother Nature can throw at you. Whether you’re building an emergency preparedness plan or responding to a passing storm, you can be confident in the full support you get from The Cat Rental Store.
Contact us today for a quick quote on our inventory. Call us at 1-800-RENT-CAT or contact us online.