An Unexpected Event Can Disrupt Your Business

Are you prepared to protect the lives of your employees, customers and visitors, as well as the company’s assets in the event of a disaster? 

Natural disasters, most commonly floods, earthquakes and severe weather can be devastating. Disasters of a different nature, such as fire, power failure, industrial accidents and even fiber optic cable cuts can have a huge economic impact on your business. We’ve read about computer systems held hostage for ransom, cyber-attacks to steal customers’ personal data and even workplace violence.

Your disaster preparedness plan should be formalized and tested regularly, just as with fire drills. Conduct a risk assessment to identify and then create an action plan for potential hazards. It should identify:

  • Building evaluation routes, shelter in place locations and Areas of Refuge for the mobility impaired
  • Safe-place gathering locations 
  • Employee and family contact information for notifications
  • Securing company assets
  • Data backup protocol

A business continuity plan will create a recovery pathway following an incident. It should include:

  • Critical operations management teams
  • Employee, customer, vendor, banker and insurance claim notifications
  • Process to determine safe return to partial operations
  • Secondary locations to conduct business
  • Accessing IT systems
  • Media relations

It is important to be prepared. A comprehensive plan of action is ready to execute at a moment’s notice, enabling you to minimize downtime. Getting back into the game is critical.