Does Your Business Have a Natural Disaster Plan?
Does Your Business Have a Natural Disaster Plan? | SERVPRO® of Northeast Bronx
If you want your business to survive all that Mother Nature can throw out, like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and earthquakes, you will want to have a disaster plan in place for your business. The key to being able to roll with Mother Nature’s punches, so to speak, is to be prepared for a plethora of worst-case scenarios.
This will involve creating a natural disaster plan for not only your family but also for your business. Here, in this blog, are a few suggestions to take the guesswork out of designing that plan.
The Importance of Disaster Planning
Employees are your assets, as well as the materials and equipment within your business. All of these need to be taken into consideration when devising a disaster plan.
Included in those considerations should be:
- Ensuring your employees are protected
- Ensuring your assets are protected and secure
- Getting your business up and running again in a reasonable amount of time
There are many helpful checklists available from sources like the Red Cross, FEMA and Ready.gov that can assist you in identifying areas that need to be included in your natural disaster preparedness plan. You will also be able to see just how prepared you truly are.
Protecting employees and visitors should be top on your list when making a disaster plan. In case a disaster were to strike without warning, that plan should address procedures and safety measures for employees and visitors to follow at a moment’s notice.
All evacuation routes and exits from your facility should be clearly marked. There should be an area that can serve as a shelter space, and you should consider installing emergency lighting and having volunteer staff designated as “safety wardens” properly trained and ready to guide and assist in all emergency efforts.
When picking out a shelter space, the ideal location would be a basement or storm cellar in the event of tornadoes or other high-wind situations. If there is no basement space, use a small interior room, closet or interior hallway on the lowest level of the building.
You may think having your business in a brick and mortar location is safer. However, you’ll have to make mindful choices about how to protect the assets inside it. There could be thousands of dollars at risk in equipment and merchandise when a natural disaster strikes.
Always have a comprehensive and up-to-date inventory of these items, and, if possible, take photographs prior to a disaster as this is always helpful if insurance claims will have to be made. If you keep your assets stored on a computer server, take the steps necessary to ensure that your backup system is doing regular backups and utilize a cloud storage system, which cannot be damaged.
If you own your building, contact a contractor to uncover areas needing structural integrity improvements and can walk you through possible safety upgrades and offer advice on any areas that may not withstand certain weather situations.
Should your business suffer damage in a natural disaster, it is possible that it will be shut down and closed. Every day you remain closed is another day of lost profits. It is a good idea to have a “rainy day” fund set up to cover any additional costs that are not covered by your insurance.
Compiling a list of contractors who would be available for construction concerns and knowing which cleanup and restoration service is available to quickly respond to your emergency situation is helpful.
With SERVPRO® of Northeast Bronx, 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 Northeast Bronx to be there for you.