Almost 40 percent of businesses affected by a natural or man-made disaster never reopen, according to Ready.gov, a national PSA campaign that aims to educate Americans on how to respond to and prepare for emergencies. That’s why thousands of organizations across the company have teamed up to promote September as National Preparedness Month, which is designed to promote disaster and emergency preparedness for home and business. As we near the end of September, we want to know: Is your business prepared for an emergency?
Take a moment to think about what you would do if you woke up to an earthquake, a fire, a flood, or even a tornado. Hopefully, you’ve thought about this before and have a plan in place. The first step in your plan is most likely to get yourself and your family to safety. Your next step is likely to get help. But what about your business? Do you know how your business will respond to an earthquake, fire, flood or tornado?
Even though your business may be coping with an emergency, your clients or customers don’t know that. They’re still expecting you to deliver the services or products your business normally provides. If you don’t have a plan in place outlining how your company responds to disasters, you’re leaving your clients and customers hanging out to dry, even if your business is literally underwater.
Yet many businesses don’t have an emergency policy in place. Whether your region is prone to hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, wildfires or earthquakes, there are several steps you can take to prepare and protect your business in the event of an emergency:
Your business may never be the victim of a natural disaster or emergency, or your business may flood tomorrow. Emergencies and disasters are, by nature, unpredictable. The best way you can protect your company is by planning for every contingency now. With the right emergency response, communications and continuity plans in place, your business will be able to weather almost any storm.
G&A Partners helps our clients prepare for all kinds of potential risk and safety concerns by developing sound HR policies and procedures. Don’t leave your business unprotected – contact G&A Partners today to learn how we can help you minimize cost, increase productivity and reduce risk.