Is Your Business Ready for Potential Disasters?
As a business owner, there are a multitude of things that you must take into consideration, but one of the most important is emergency preparedness.
While having a plan in place does not ensure that a disaster will not occur, it does give you and your business a head start where safety is concerned and will make sure that your employees know what to do if a disaster or emergency situation should occur.
Have you taken the time to sit down and work out an emergency preparedness plan for various disaster situations? If not, it should be a priority!
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 doesn’t matter what type of disaster it is—man-made or natural—if you have not put an emergency plan in place for your business, things are going to 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, customers, and the business itself.
When setting up an emergency plan for your business, evaluate which scenarios are most likely to occur—as well as those that are long shots but could still possible. After all, it’s better to prepare for all the worst-case scenarios and not be caught off guard.
There are plenty of online resources to help guide you through this process, including Ready.gov, the American Red Cross, FEMA and the CDC.
By conducting a business impact analysis (BIA), this will help predict any potential effects a disaster may have on your business. This includes any 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 an emergency preparedness plan developed, be sure to go over it and practice with employees. 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 Crowley & South Johnson County is here to help make it “Like it never even happened.”