Winter 2015 Superstorm Cripples Businesses, Part 2: The Linus Edition


At the close of January, Mother Nature wreaked havoc on the East Coast in the form of Superstorm Juno. As February opened, the Midwest took its turn facing winter's wrath. Over the weekend, Chicago and Detroit got up close and personal with Linus, which just like the Peanuts cartoon character of the same name, left municipalities huddled under a blanket - of snow. 

Between late Saturday night and the wee hours of Monday morning, 19.3 inches of snowfall was recorded at O'Hare International Airport. This was enough to land the blizzard in fifth place on the list of largest snow events in Chicago history.

Calling Linus "a cross country menace," meteorologists predict the storm will strike New Jersey before rapidly spreading into New York, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. The city of Boston, still trying to dig out from Juno, could gain an additional foot of snow before all is said and done.

The storm caused major disruptions in normal business operations throughout the Midwest. As of Monday, Chicago Public Schools had cancelled classes, commuter bus and rail lines experienced decreased service and lengthy delays, and a slew of businesses were struggling to resume operations after early Sunday closures.

As we mentioned last week, there's plenty of winter left. We encourage companies of all sizes to read the timely article, Sheltering Businesses from Severe Weather, published in the Winter 2015 US - Business issue of HUB Connects. Our Risk Services Team has developed smart best practices and crisis management tips for any business, regardless of location or severe weather threat.

And if your business manages trucking, transportation or logistics, winter storms can quickly turn operations into a nightmare. Cold temperatures require regular checks on the engine, battery, tires, and other vehicle functions. To keep your fleet vehicles in working order and promote driver safety, click here to read our Winter Maintenance Checklist for Fleet Vehicles.

Your HUB Risk Services consultant can help you develop a customized severe weather preparation and recovery plan that is tailored to your specific business needs. Contact us today to get started.