What is an ERP?
Your business is a precious asset that should be protected at all times, especially during disasters. Yet FEMA reports that roughly 40-60% of small businesses that face a disaster never open their doors again. That’s why it’s important that you take precautions now, so you can improve the odds your business survives. SERVPRO of Catawba East offers one such tool for businesses in Catawba County: an ERP.
What is an ERP?
An Emergency Readiness Plan (ERP) is a free, comprehensive document prepared by your local SERVPRO professional that includes emergency contact and shutoff information. In the event of an emergency, you need to act quickly, but that sometimes means you have to search for contact information or locate your water or power shutoffs. That can be precious energy waster, but an ERP has all that information stored in an easily-accessible document. Copies can be accessed in both a physical and digital format so you or a designated employee can quickly get the information.
How an Emergency Readiness Plan is Prepared
An ERP is both free and relatively quick to complete. A local SERVPRO professional will come to your place of business and collect the necessary information. This typically starts with a brief interview with the business owner or designated contact to get important contact information and other details. The SERVPRO professional will then look for certain points in the facility (such as shut off locations and entrances) and take pictures to add to the documents. These pictures are important because they give a visual reference for you and your employees should a disaster occur.
Saving your Business from Disaster
Should your business have an ERP when disaster strikes, you and your team will be in a good position to mitigate the overall impact. In addition to your team, your local SERVPRO franchise and your local fire department (in many cases) will also have a copy of your ERP, so they can quickly respond and reduce your business’ downtime. If you would like an ERP for your business, call SERVPRO of Catawba County East at 828-465-6504!