How to Prepare Your Business for Emergency Situations
The recent experience of Hurricane Sandy was a sobering reminder that emergencies can strike anytime, anywhere. Although all know disasters can strike, most of us are not prepared in our business places. Here are some tips recommended by disaster recovery organizations for being as prepared as you can be.
- Have “Foul Weather” policy and “State of Emergency” plan to use when disaster strikes. This can include details such as what to do when transportation systems are disrupted and will let your employees know what is expected of them.
- Arrange for off-site storage (back up) of valuable business information.
- Share with your employees the steps for emergency evacuations procedures and make sure they are informed of actions to take in any possible scenario.
- After an emergency check with your insurance and FEMA to find out what your benefits include and if you are eligible for loss of business compensation.
For more guides on preparing for specific emergency situations in your area, go to the “Plan and Prepare” section of the American Red Cross website (http://www.redcross.org/prepare
) and download their Safety Checklists.