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What’s your severe weather risk?

Recently, the United States experienced a once-in-a-lifetime weather event when temperatures dropped drastically to record lows.

The National Weather Service in Chicago predicted it would be the chilliest Arctic outbreak since records have been kept. Biting winds caused the wind chill to hit life-threatening lows. In Thief River Falls, the AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperature was -77° F!

The real threat of the polar vortex was felt in the workplace as work days were canceled, employees called in, and the post office shut down. “The words “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” – but the frigid temperatures did, and as a result, delayed shipping for two days.

Severe weather is becoming a more common risk to businesses worldwide. Houston, Texas has had three 500-year floods in the last five years. The California wildfires affected the agriculture industry, impacting wine, fruits, nuts, livestock, and poultry production. The 2011 tsunami and subsequent nuclear event in Japan caused a suspension of production of Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Mitsubishi, and Suzuki.

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https://www.onsolve.com/blog/whats-your-severe-weather-risk/