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.”