Aut Smith, 42, and Willie Young, 52, load up sandbags for the community at the City of Gainesville Public Works Department, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017 in Gainesville, Fla. We are happy to be here helping people, said Young, who has been working for the city for 32 years. Irma roared into the Caribbean with record force early Wednesday, its 185-mph winds shaking homes and flooding buildings on a chain of small islands along a path toward Puerto Rico, Cuba and Hispaniola and a possible direct hit on densely populated South Florida. (Andrea Cornejo/The Gainesville Sun via AP)
Aut Smith, 42, and Willie Young, 52, load up sandbags for the community at the City of Gainesville Public Works Department, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017 in Gainesville, Fla. We are happy to be here helping people, said Young, who has been working for the city for 32 years. Irma roared into the Caribbean with record force early Wednesday, its 185-mph winds shaking homes and flooding buildings on a chain of small islands along a path toward Puerto Rico, Cuba and Hispaniola and a possible direct hit on densely populated South Florida. (Andrea Cornejo/The Gainesville Sun via AP) (Andrea Cornejo)

Leaders in business and law draw from long memories of hurricanes past, and recent disasters, as they make way for one of the most ferocious storms to threaten Florida in recorded history.
 
We asked lawyers who’d been through Hurricane Andrew 25 years ago what lessons they learned about the impact to their practices and how changes in technology could blunt Hurricane Irma’s impact.
We asked lawyers who’d been through Hurricane Andrew 25 years ago what lessons they learned about the impact to their practices and how changes in technology could blunt Hurricane Irma’s impact.

Law firms that suffer business interruption because of Hurricane Irma should document not only damage to their office and what they did to get up and running again, but also the number of referrals they would normally get during that time.
Hurricane Irma Putting Impact Windows to the Test
Irma promises to test hurricane-resistant windows installed since the last major storm hit South Florida.

The Florida Bar, FEMA Prepare to Help Hurricane Irma Victims
The Florida Bar has raised the income qualifying cap for its online legal clinic, Florida Free Legal Answers, to ensure that Floridians can access the site and post questions related to Hurricane Irma.


Irma on the Way: Still Time for Twitter
Florida lawyers are preparing ahead of the massive storm.


Florida Law Firms Bracing for Impact of Hurricane Irma
South Florida law firms were closely monitoring Hurricane Irma Wednesday.

Practice Panther is preparing its team to weather the incoming hurricane.
Construction crews maneuvered cranes and dismantled scaffolding with Hurricane Irma threatening South Florida.
All state and some federal courts will be closed by Friday as Hurricane Irma barrels toward Florida.
Work to protect property ahead of Hurricane Irma might not be enough with a widespread lack of flood insurance in Florida.
With damage and lost income estimates running into the billions, Hurricane Harvey serves as a staunch reminder for South Florida individual and commercial policyholders. Insureds should review their insurance policies now to determine whether they have adequate insurance coverage in place in preparation for Hurricane Irma—a storm the National Hurricane Center calls a “potentially catastrophic Category 5 hurricane,” write Walter J. Andrews and Andrea DeField.

Revisiting 2017 Hurricane Risk: What Owners Need to Know
In the first few months of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, we’ve seen an early start beginning in April with four named storms and one tropical depression. In May, NOAA predicted that there will be between 11 and 17 named storms by the end of November and a 70-percent chance of an above-average season, indicating there will be many more storms ahead in the coming months, writes Christina Phillips.


Savannah Legal Community Prepares to Evacuate Ahead of Irma
Along with other businesses, the city’s two largest firms, HunterMaclean and Oliver Maner, will close Friday, as lawyers and staff secure their homes and prepare to evacuate. Miles Mediation & Arbitration also reported that it is closing its Savannah office for Friday and Monday.