Do you have a natural disaster plan for your business?
Floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and earthquakes are enough to bring even the strongest business to it's knees when Mother Nature strikes out. However, you can survive in the worst of these scenarios if you are prepared in advance for them.
Being prepared is the key to surviving those scenarios, and being prepared means creating a natural disaster plan for your business. Let’s look at some ways to prepare and considerations when designing a disaster plan.
There are many things you will need to consider concerning a disaster plan for your business. Among these should be:
- How to protect your employees
- How to secure your assets
- How to get business up and running again
There are many checklists that have been created and are available from sources like the Red Cross, FEMA and Ready.gov that can help you identify areas that need to be included in your natural disaster preparedness plan.
You must have a plan that has procedures and safety measures in place for employees and visitors if a disaster were to strike without warning. Here are a few steps to consider:
- Make sure all evacuation routes and exits from your facility are all properly marked.
- Have an area that can serve as a shelter space. When choosing a shelter space, the ideal spot is in a basement or storm cellar in the event of a tornado or high-wind situation, but if there is no basement space available, a small interior room on the lowest level of the building like a closet or interior hallway should be your next choice.
- Consider installing emergency lighting.
- Designate staff volunteers to be “safety wardens” that are properly trained and ready to implement those procedures and safety measures and to guide and assist in all emergency efforts.
How to Protect Assets
- No matter the type of location, there will be decisions that need to be made concerning protecting the assets inside of your business' building, like equipment or merchandise, for example. Everything is at risk when a natural disaster strikes but it only takes a bit of planning to minimize damage.
- Be sure that there is a comprehensive and up-to-date inventory of all items.
- Whenever possible, have photographs of both structure and contents, taken prior to a disaster as this will be helpful when fling insurance claims.
- If you store assets on a computer server, ensure that the backup system is regularly backing up all data and look into a storage system like a cloud storage system, which cannot be damaged.
- If you are the building owner, you should talk with a contractor concerning suggestions for possible safety upgrades and identify any areas that may need upgrading to withstand certain weather situation.
Natural disasters can cause businesses to shut down for days or months until repairs can be made and structures are safe enough to enter and resume business. Every day you remain closed is another day of lost profits.
By building a relationship with contractors that would be available for repairs and knowing which cleanup and restoration service will be available to quickly respond to your emergency situation, you will be well on your way to doing business again.
With SERVPRO® of Greater Northern Charleston, you can count on us to get to the disaster faster and make it "Like it never even happened." Our training and expertise have prepared us to help with water damage, storm damage, fire damage and mold remediation quickly and effectively.
Give us a call today to learn how we can help by implementing an Emergency Ready Plan, specific to your business - no contract, no charge. Just our way of helping you be ready for whatever happens. 24/7 ~ 843.552.1226 or use our Contact Us page on the web.