Disaster Preparedness, Response & Recovery
Since the turn of the century we have witnessed a disproportional increase in disasters—courtesy of Mother Nature or forces of evil. From hurricanes to terrorist attacks and from snow storms to floods, many businesses—especially in the Eastern states—have awakened to this new reality the hard way. In a contained workplace emergency the preservation of life and limb may be the only concern but in a larger scale disaster it is clear that protection of vital business infrastructure is of paramount importance. Indeed, many businesses remain closed for good following a major disaster because they were not properly prepared. That is precisely why you need to have a custom-tailored disaster preparedness plan in place which consists of emergency response and business continuity.
In the case of fire, an immediate evacuation to a predetermined area away from the facility may be necessary. In a hurricane, evacuation could involve the entire community and take place over a period of days. How you are prepared to respond can make the difference between life and death.
What is often overlooked is the importance of personal preparedness. If disaster strikes outside of the office it is to your advantage that your employees be of the ones who know what to do to stay safe and help others. No business continuity plan can survive without a business's prime resource: humans. And if your workforce is not properly prepared at home, no business continuity plan will be of use.
Legend Safety can help your business today to be prepared for disasters tomorrow. Consider the following: Incident Management, Crisis Communications, Employee Awareness, Training, and Exercises .
- training employees in First Aid, CPR, AED, Fire Extinguisher,
- Designate evacuation wardens and others with special evacuation assignments.
- Conducting drills at least once a year.
- Providing emergency information such as checklists and evacuation maps.
- Posting evacuation maps in strategic locations.
- Considering the information needs of customers and others who visit the facility.
- Considering the needs of employees with disabilities.
- Having go-kits and other supplies for potential lockdowns or stranded situations.
- Having go-kits for when disaster strikes.
- Personal survival preparedness for employees at home.
America's businesses form the backbone of the nation's economy; small businesses alone account for more than 99% of all companies with employees, employ 50% of all private sector workers and provide nearly 45% /of the nation's payroll. If businesses are READY to survive and recover, the nation and our economy are more secure. A commitment to planning today will help support employees, customers, the community, the local and national economy. It protects your business investment and gives your company a better chance for long-term survival.
Getting back to business after a disaster depends on preparedness planning done today. Small business owners invest a tremendous amount of time, money and resources to make their ventures successful, and yet, while the importance of emergency planning may seem self-evident, it may get put on the back-burner in the face of more immediate concerns. For small business owners, being prepared or not can literally mean staying in business or not following a disaster.
Have you considered…
- How you would access medical records or family of an injured/deceased employee in a disaster situation?
- How you would access important personal information about employees (such as home phone numbers) in a disaster situation?
- Storing vital information on servers in multiple locations or on cloud servers? Backup Communications (Voice/Data) plans?
- Recovery locations? Computer Equipment and Software? Critical Business Functions? Critical Supplies?
- Do you have post-disaster checklist to even know where to begin?