Preparing for the worst

Contractors discuss how they prepare for natural disasters

In the wakes of natural disasters, hundreds, thousands and even millions of people can be left homeless. Hurricanes and tornados can rip roofs off buildings, and fires and floods can completely destroy many homes in a matter of seconds.

Roofing contractors have been in high demand following recent natural disasters. Some now have established disaster-response and disaster-preparedness plans so they will be ready when a natural disaster occurs. Following are three contractors' accounts of what their disaster-response plans entail.

A detailed plan

San Antonio-based Beldon Roofing has responded to people's roofing needs in the aftermaths of a number of hurricanes and storms and has developed a detailed disaster-response plan accordingly. The plan relies heavily on familiarizing Beldon Roofing's employees and customers with the company's response procedures.