Making Sure Your Business Is Ready for Disaster Situations | SERVPRO® of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin
When you stop to consider what is involved with running a business, one of the most important factors to think about is emergency preparedness.
Emergencies and disasters happen, and while having a plan in place cannot stop all disasters, it can still give your business an advantage for safety by making sure that your employees know what to do if a disaster or emergency situation should occur.
Making a Plan
This should be a priority! Have you taken the time to sit down and work out an emergency preparedness plan for various disaster situations?
There are numerous emergencies your business should have a preparedness plan in place for, including:
- Severe weather, including thunderstorms and winter storms
- Other natural hazards like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes
- Human-caused hazards, including accidents or acts of violence
- Technology-related issues like power outages and equipment failure
It will not matter if it’s a man-made incident or a natural disaster that strikes, if there is no emergency plan for your business, the situation could get even more stressful quickly.
You should make sure that safety training and familiarization of emergency preparedness plans are included in the company onboarding process, team-building activities and continuing education opportunities. By helping employees familiarize themselves with proper safety protocol and emergency procedures, you’re not only giving them the tools to protect themselves, but you are also setting them up to help protect guests/visitors and the business itself.
Where You Should Start
A good starting point to begin setting up an emergency plan for your business is evaluating which scenarios could most likely to occur—and those that are a long shot but could still happen. After all, it’s better to prepare for all the worst-case scenarios and not be caught off guard.
The internet has a wealth of information in online resources to help guide you through this process, including Ready.gov, the American Red Cross, FEMA and the CDC.
Look into a business impact analysis (BIA) that will help predict the potential effect a disaster may have on your business. This would include lost or delayed sales and income, increased expenses from repairs, and delayed implementation of business plans. Don’t forget to make sure a crisis communications plan is in place, too.
Once you have come up with an emergency preparedness plan, you’re not finished yet. Be sure to go over it and practice it with your employees, as reviewing and rehearsing various scenarios can help ensure the process remains fresh in their minds and can help employees feel more empowered.
Disaster can strike when you least expect it, but by being prepared and having a plan in place, your business will be better suited to handle whatever Mother Nature has in store. If the worst should happen and your business is damaged, know that SERVPRO® of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin is here to help make it “Like it never even happened.”
Creating a Disaster Plan Is Vital for Your Business | SERVPRO® of SE Waukesha County/West Franklin
Floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and earthquakes seem to fill the news, proving that Mother Nature can be quite a formidable foe. The key to being able to roll with the punches, so to speak, is to be prepared for a multitude of worst-case scenarios.
Being prepared for those scenarios involves creating a natural disaster plan for your business. This blog is dedicated to laying out some considerations for designing a disaster plan for your business.
<h4to-consider:1d1f3614d19ffbcd99c992c0a6ca3f5e">Things to Consider
There are many things you will need to consider when creating a disaster plan for your business.
Included in those considerations should be:
- Protecting your employees
- Securing your assets
- Getting your business up and running again
Many checklists are available from different agencies like the Red Cross, FEMA and Ready.gov that will assist in identifying areas that need to be included in your natural disaster preparedness plan. These sources can also help let you know how prepared you truly are.
<h4to-protect-your-employees:1d1f3614d19ffbcd99c992c0a6ca3f5e">How to Protect Your Employees
If a disaster were to strike without warning, having a plan that lays out procedures and safety measures for your human assets, employees and visitors, will be extremely important. Ensure that all evacuation routes and exits from your facility are clearly marked and visible, provide an area that can serve as shelter, look into installing emergency lighting, and have designated staff “safety wardens” properly trained and ready to guide and assist with all emergency efforts.
A basement is the ideal location when looking for a space to provide shelter in tornadoes or high-wind situations. However, if this is not possible, find a small interior room, closet or interior hallway on the lowest level of the building.
<h4your-assets:1d1f3614d19ffbcd99c992c0a6ca3f5e">Protecting Your Assets
If you have a brick and mortar location for your business, you’ll have to make mindful choices about how to protect the assets that are inside the building. With the equipment and/or merchandise inside, your business stands to lose thousands of dollars when a natural disaster strikes.
It is always wise to put together comprehensive and up-to-date inventory of these items, and keeping photographs prior to a disaster whenever possible is always helpful if insurance claims will need to be made. If your assets are based on a computer server, take the steps necessary to ensure that the backup system is working and the storage system cannot be damaged.
If you own the building where your business is located, talk with a contractor to uncover areas that may need structural integrity improvements. This contractor should be able to walk you through possible safety upgrades and advise on any areas that may not make the grade in certain weather situation.
<h4disaster-to-back-to-business:1d1f3614d19ffbcd99c992c0a6ca3f5e">From Disaster to Back to Business
When a natural disaster does occur, it is possible that your business will need repairs and be shut down as of a result of damage. This is when it is wise to have a fund set aside for additional non-covered insurance expenses because every day you remain closed is another day of lost profits.
Make out a list of reliable contractors who would be readily available for construction and repairs, and get to know which cleanup and restoration service will be available to quickly respond to your emergency situation.
With SERVPRO® of SE Waukesha County/West Franklin, 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.
Knowing what to do when disaster strikes your business is of the utmost importance. When it comes to the cleanup and restoration aspects, depend on SERVPRO® of SE Waukesha County/West Franklin to be there for you.
Is Your Business Ready?
The SERVPRO Ready Plan App lets owners prepare before a property crisis occurs to help minimize business interruption.
No one plans on a disaster, but you can plan to be “Ready for whatever happens.” As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.
The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile is a great supplement to your existing Disaster Recovery/Contingency Plan.
The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage:
- A NO COST assessment to your facility
- A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency
- A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster
- Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider
- Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin
- Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information
SERVPRO of Southeast Waukesha West Franklin is committed to providing fire and water cleanup and restoration services to reduce business interruptions and recovery costs.
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