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Real World Tips for Retailers Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Royal Purple Raceway in Houston may soon have an area equal to over 300 football fields filled with vehicles totaled by Hurricane Harvey.

Royal Purple Raceway in Houston may soon have an area equal to over 300 football fields filled with vehicles totaled by Hurricane Harvey.

GONZALES, LA (09.06.2017) – Tiger Audio, in Gonzales LA, was flooded in August 2016. Owner Derek Tircuit went through the challenges of surviving, rebuilding and moving forward once again with a successful 12volt retail shop.

Derek supplied the real world information that follows as information for retailers affected by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana:

houston-harvey-1-streetbPictures and Video are key to ANY assistance. They get your point across and demonstrate the situation. The more the better.

Derek Tircuit, Tiger Audio

Derek Tircuit, Tiger Audio

That being said, the documentation process really takes a toll on your mental state. STAY POSITIVE. It’s key. If you’re a wreck, you can’t possibly clean up and move forward. Your employees are probably in this mess too. Remain a leader to them. You’ll have your moments, but NOTHING is more helpful than keeping a positive mental attitude.

Vendors Will be very helpful. But you have to communicate with them ASAP.

Turn this situation around into a positive, and use this as an opportunity to come back bigger and better than before.

Some vendors gave deferred payment terms, some even shipped goods with extended terms and additional discounts.

The installation bay at Tiger Audio was filled with well over a foot of water.

AUGUST 2016: The installation bay at Tiger Audio was filled with well over a foot of water.

Keep updating facebook and other social media. Your clientele will be glad to know you’re coming back, even if it is slower than you wanted it to be.

Keep every receipt you get. Put it all in one place. Your CPA will be glad you did. Uninsured losses can be claimed on your Federal Returns.

Once you’re back on your feet, use a soundoff or some other promotion to let people you’re back in business.

Above is another image from Tircuit’s Tiger Audio that were taken as the floor waters had receded somewhat.

AUGUST 2016: Above is another image from Tircuit’s Tiger Audio that were taken as the floor waters had receded somewhat.

Keep in mind, it’s always darkest before dawn. We had a record month after our flood due to the massive amount of car sales. Reach out to your used car accounts now–many that need a new car unexpectedly had to have GPS trackers installed to clear finance hurdles. Even if you’re not installing subwoofers as fast a rate as you were before, get busy with other opportunities.

Again, stay positive. Everyone is praying for a speedy recovery for you, and many are there to help.

Use the good vibes to push you forward.