Is Your Business Ready for Potential Disaster Situations? | SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City
Is Your Business Ready for Potential Disaster Situations? | SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City - SERVPRO OF HENDERSON/BOULDER CITY Blog
When you stop to think about the multitude of things that must be taken care of when running a business, have you thought about one of the most important? That is emergency preparedness.
While having a plan in place is not going to prevent a disaster from happening, it does ensure that you have done what you can for your employees’ safety as well as the protection of your business. Your employees will have the benefit of knowing what to do should a disaster or emergency situation occur.
Making the Plan
We hope that you have already created an emergency preparedness plan, but if you have not, please make this a priority and take the time to sit down and create that plan!
There are numerous emergencies your business should have a preparedness plan in place for, including:
- 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
No matter what type of emergency should occur, if there is no emergency plan for your business, things could get even more stressful quickly as no plan of action has been set out in advance.
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.
<h4to-begin">Where to Begin
Beginning to set up an emergency plan for your business should start with evaluating which scenarios are most likely to occur, as well as those that are a longshot but could still happen. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry and to be prepared for whatever could happen.
The internet offers a wealth of online resources to help guide you through this process, including Ready.gov, the American Red Cross, FEMA and the CDC.
You should also conduct a business impact analysis (BIA), which will aid in the prediction of any potential effects 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, that you go over it and practice it 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 Henderson/Boulder City is here to help make it “Like it never even happened.”