The National Safety Council (NSC) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offered reminders that September is Emergency Preparedness Month. Coming up with a plan that will keep your business safe during an emergency, and help it get back on its feet after a disaster, is an important way to protect your employees and resources. FEMA and the NSC provided several suggestions for keeping your company safe when disaster strike.
Have a plan in place
Getting your business back on its feet after a natural disaster might seem a bit daunting if you’ve been hit hard, but a little pre-planning will make the process go a lot smoother. Some steps to take:
◾Make a list of necessary equipment, such as computers and other machinery, and store extra supplies offsite. Also, plan for a temporary location for your business to use if you need to relocate after a disaster
◾Have back-up copies of all important business records stored offsite on hard drives at least 100 miles away
◾Keep essential phone numbers handy, including those of suppliers, employees, customers, utility companies, local media and emergency agencies
◾Have at least one corded phone attached to a wall jack in case there is an electrical outage
◾Use a reliable high-speed internet service that will maintain your emails and other information if your network fails, and
◾Keep a back-up generator ready.
BE SAFE AND PREPARE!