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Is Your Business Ready for Potential Disaster Situations? | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

Is Your Business Ready for Potential Disaster Situations? | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

Is Your Business Ready for Potential Disaster Situations? | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

What are some of the multitude of things that you find must be addressed when running a business? Did you know one of the most important factors to think about is emergency preparedness?

We understand that having a plan in place cannot stop any type of disaster, but it does instill a sense of safe security for you and your employees if they know what to do if a disaster or emergency situation does occur.

How to Make Your Plan

If you have not developed an emergency preparedness plan for your business, why not take the time to sit down and do so? Make it a priority!

There are numerous emergencies your business should have a preparedness plan in place for, including:

  • Fire
  • 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

When it comes to emergencies or disasters, it is not going to matter if they’re caused by humans or Mother Nature. If there is no emergency plan for your business, things are going to fall apart and unravel rapidly.

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.

Start on Your Plan

When beginning to set up an emergency plan for your business, your first step should be to evaluate which scenarios are most likely to occur—and even those that are a longshot but could still happen. 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.

Another suggestion is to conduct a business impact analysis (BIA) to 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.

Be sure that, once you have come up with an emergency preparedness plan, you 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 Pueblo is here to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

 

Yes, Your Business Does Need a Disaster Plan | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Yes, Your Business Does Need a Disaster Plan | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

Yes, Your Business Does Need a Disaster Plan | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

Have you noticed how Mother Nature keeps throwing natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and earthquakes at us? The key to being able to fight back is being prepared for a multitude of worst-case scenarios.

Being prepared for those scenarios in your home as well as your business involves creating a natural disaster plan. In this blog, we are going to discuss some aspects to consider when designing a disaster plan for your business.

Why Disaster Planning?

There are many things to factor in when you are putting together a disaster plan for your business.

Included in those considerations are the following:

  1. Keeping your employees protected
  2. Keeping your assets secure
  3. Getting your business back up and running again

Many sources such as the Red Cross, FEMA and Ready.gov have prepared helpful checklists that can guide you in identifying areas that need to be included in your natural disaster preparedness plan. These sources are also useful in measuring just how prepared you truly are.

How to Protect Employees

Protecting the human aspect is the most important consideration if a disaster were to strike without warning. You must have a plan that lays out procedures and safety measures for employees and visitors by making sure evacuation routes and exits from your facility are all properly marked, ensuring that there is a designated area that can serve as a shelter space, possibly considering installation of emergency lighting, and creating a volunteer staff to serve as “safety wardens” who are properly trained and able to guide and assist with all emergency efforts.

When you are picking out a shelter space, a basement or storm cellar is an ideal location in the event of tornadoes or other high-wind situations. If you have no basement space, you may use a small interior room, a closet or an interior hallway on the lowest level of the building for shelter.

Asset Safety Is Key

There are thousands of dollars at risk in assets and merchandise even if your business is located in a strong and sturdy brick and mortar location. You will have to make mindful choices about how to protect the assets on the inside.

It is a good idea to compile a comprehensive and up-to-date inventory of these items, and having photographs prior to a disaster whenever possible is always helpful when filing insurance claims. When you have assets that are based on a computer server, take necessary steps to ensure that the regular backups are being performed and look into storage systems such as cloud storage options that cannot be damaged.

Contact a contractor to help you uncover areas that may need structural integrity upgrades if you own your building, and have the contractor walk you through possible safety upgrades and advise on any areas that may not hold up in certain weather situations.

How to Get Back to Work

After a natural disaster occurs, it is quite possible that damages will force you to close your business down while repairs are being made. Every day you remain closed is another day you lose money and profits. It is a good idea to have a “rainy day” fund set aside to help out with any additional costs that are not covered by your insurance.

Compile a list of contractors that you can call on who will be available for rebuilding and needed repairs, and know which cleanup and restoration service will be available to quickly respond to your emergency situation.

With SERVPRO® of Pueblo, 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 Pueblo to be there for you.

 

Restoring Your Pueblo Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

4/20/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Pueblo commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Pueblo

SERVPRO of Pueblo specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.