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

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

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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.”

 

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