Business Owners: Prepare for Utility Disruptions

August 25, 2015

Have a plan in place in case a natural disaster or other hazard knocks out your business’s electricity or natural gas service.

  • Identify energy utilities—The utilities that are absolutely necessary to running your business. How might a disaster impact the availability of those utilities?
  • Determine backup options—Contact your utility companies to discuss potential backup options, such as portable generators to provide power.
  • Learn how and when to turn off utilities—For example, if you turn off your natural gas, a professional technician must turn it back on.
  • Consider using backup generators—Generators can power the most important aspects of your business in an emergency.

For more information on preparing for utility disruptions, view this article by the Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability.

The Michigan Chamber’s Utility & Telecom Savings program can help you to identify other ways to save money on your utility and telecommunications bills. Through our program, we are able to perform a thorough analysis of your utility billing, leading to past financial recovery and ongoing monthly savings.