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.
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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.
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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.