"Once we have a storm warning in effect, we start thinking about what needs to be done. It's second nature for us now," said Peter Zamarripa, general plant manager of Inteplast Group, who recommends a 72-hour head start if possible.
He also suggests his peers:
• Keep plastic tarps, tape and rope on hand to cover the equipment.
• Cover windows.
• Stock up on flashlights, batteries and diesel fuel for generators.
• Secure all loose equipment and materials that are outside on-site.
• Back up all digital files.
• Make sure silos are full.
• Have enough resin and other product resources on hand in case there is a shortage or delivery issues post-hurricane.