Recently, natural disasters are occurring with more frequency and intensity. In the past few years, floods, earthquakes, fires, mudslides, tornadoes, and hurricanes have caused millions of dollars in damages to homes and businesses. Although you cannot prevent these natural disasters from occurring, if you are prepared, you can be ready if they do occur. Here’s how…
How to Plan for a Natural Disaster
Develop a contingency plan for emergencies. Think of your plan as a fire drill; know where to go and what to do. The following are steps that you can take to develop your contingency plan:
- – Establish a task force with a leader.
Assume the worst.
- – You have loss the entire facility and contents.
- – List those items that are important to your business that must be recreated.
Try to prevent a total loss.
- – Keep duplicate records off premises.
- – Keep backup equipment necessary to continue business at another location.
Sweat the small stuff.
- – Determine adequacy of fire and disaster insurance.
- – Have an emergency evacuation plan.
- – Find an alternative work site during emergency.
- – Have key personnel keep a copy of the plan at their homes.
- – Update your plan at least annually.
- – Train employees on fire prevention.
- – Have at least one employee trained in emergency medical steps.
See also: Five Step Process to Risk Management
Think you don’t need to worry? Can all or part of your work site cease to exist for one day or permanently? Could you survive the financial disaster? Probably not! This tells you how important fire, disaster recovery, and contingency planning are.
If you have trouble motivating yourself to prepare a contingency plan, think of how much better shape your business will be in if you do. After a disaster your business might be the only one left operating because of your plans. How would that affect your bottom-line profits?
Contact us today to learn more about preparing your own emergency preparedness plan!
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