5 Ways to Prepare Your Business for a Natural Disaster
Did you know that FEMA claims that more than 40% of small businesses that face disaster never open their doors again? In fact, of the ones that do reopen, only about 29% are still open after 2 years. As alarming as that is, it doesn’t mean that your business has to fail if and when disaster strikes. Below are 5 ways you can prepare your business for a natural disaster.
- Develop an Emergency Ready Plan. First and foremost, create an Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) so you know how to respond quickly and efficiently in case of a disaster. You can make your own by using resources from ready.gov, or you can call your local SERVPRO and have them do everything for you—for FREE. There’s no catch to SERVPRO’s service; they just hope you’ll call them if you ever need disaster restoration services.
- Store digital copies of vital documents in the Cloud. Some documents are extremely difficult to replace, if they can be replaced at all. While SERVPRO can restore damaged documents, it’s much safer to make digital copies and store them in Cloud services like Google Docs or DropBox. This way, even if your computers are destroyed, you can still retrieve what you need.
- Identify an alternative operations site. Even if your office is inaccessible, it doesn’t mean you have to stop your operations. For example, you could work from home, another branch, or wherever makes sense for your business. If at all possible, be sure to have another location in mind so you can temporarily relocate.
- Make sure you have enough insurance coverage. You shouldn’t have to bear the full brunt of a natural disaster. Not only should you consider interruption insurance, also review your current policies to make sure that you’re sufficiently covered if you were to need it. Don’t wait until it’s too late!
- Develop a communications system. Prepare a distribution system so information can be relayed to employees and other relevant persons quickly and efficiently. Make sure to inform them of any safety measures and operational procedures. You’ll also want a system in place to communicate with the public so your business can convey its plan for recovery.
Business owners have many things to worry about each day, so it makes sense that most don’t have a plan in place for something that only might happen. But since disasters do happen—often when we least expect it—it’s vital that you’re ready. If you don’t have time to prepare, then call SERVPRO of Catawba County East at (828) 465-6504 and get your free Emergency Ready Plan today!