Disaster Planning for Business Owners | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County
While your business plans are likely focused on income reports and projected rate of growth, it is important to also plan for things that are a bit riskier—namely, natural disasters.
Though it may not be a common concern for most, more and more people are feeling the effects of these emergencies and planning accordingly. Natural disasters continue to become more frequent, making preparedness the best way to cope with this frightening trend.
Planning ahead for natural disasters involves evaluating your coverage, making an action plan for yourself and your employees and having a strategy for your business’ recovery for the aftermath. Reopening quickly is key to staying successful following a disaster, and all of these things will help.
1. Double-Check Your Insurance
It is always a good idea to know the ins and outs of your insurance coverage, but especially so when discussing disaster preparedness. Many basic business policies are not enough to cover extreme damages to your property, and with so many supplemental coverage options on the market, it can be confusing to determine what you need—which is why having this conversation with your agent is wise.
2. Create Your Action Plan
When you are faced with a scenario where you must evacuate from your business right away, it is important to have a plan in place and all necessary supplies in order to do so in as little time as possible. Documenting local shelters, evacuation routes and medical facilities will all be helpful, as well as any key actions such as shutting down machinery on your way out the door.
3. Rehearse Drills and Prepare Staff
Once you have the emergency action plan solidified, increase peace of mind by sharing it with your staff members. Make sure everyone is up to speed on the official disaster protocol and work on rehearsals for everyone to run through various scenarios. This will make employees feel much safer, and reduce your liability as a business owner as well.
4. Choose a Restoration Company to Work With
In the aftermath of a disaster, reopening quickly is generally the main concern for business owners, and choosing your restoration company in advance can help you achieve this. Your business is your livelihood, so choosing a quality commercial restoration company that can repair it effectively and efficiently following a disaster is key.
If you need to pick a commercial restoration company that’s right for you, call us today! We can tell you all about what sets our process apart.