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Checklist for emergency closing of a restaurant

In preparation for Hurricane Irene, it may become necessary to close your business. Below are some tips, provided by the Louisiana Restaurant Association, to keep in mind when preparing a restaurant unit for emergency closure:

• Reduce and/or reschedule purchases and deliveries to reduce waste.

• Sand bag the entrance to the restaurant.

• Board up store fronts and windows.

• Stock up on dry ice and take ice out of ice machines to fill plastic containers. Place the containers in the walk-in refrigerator. Move food products in the walk-in  closer to bottom shelves and floor level. If the power goes out, the ice-filled containers will serve as a big ice chest.

• Shut down computers and equipment.

• Turn off gas lines - this is very important due to the risk of damage.

• Secure rooftop air conditioning units with ropes and/or straps.

• Obtain a generator and fuel for re-entry into the restaurant for clean-up.

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