With Hurricane Matthew set to deliver a devastating blow to eastern Florida on Thursday night, then continuing its siege farther north, up the coast to Georgia and the Carolinas, residents are bracing for the worst: damage to their homes, property or worse. Many companies will be hard-hit as well, forced to close early or become victim to power outages or flooding. The upshot will be an economic hit in the billions.
Yet, for some businesses the threat of damaging winds and storm surges can mean the start of a busy season. Here are a few businesses that jump into action when natural disasters strike.