Does Your Business Have a Sufficient Emergency Response Plan? | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County
While natural disasters occurring is something that is inevitable, they are also unpredictable and somewhat infrequent, causing many business owners to delay their emergency planning until it is too late. After a major disaster, the Institute for Business and Home Safety estimates that around a quarter of businesses are never able to reopen—but through careful planning, you can avoid being a member of this statistic.
There are many emergencies that can cause damage to a business, and it is good to know what to do for any and all possible scenarios. Identifying your risk, drafting your plan and understanding recovery can all go a long way in how quickly and effectively your business is able to reopen after any sort of disaster.
Make Sure Your Business’ Emergency Plan Is Sufficient
Is Your Plan Up to Date?
It is required by OSHA that all businesses have an emergency response plan, and that businesses with more than 10 people must have a written one. Most businesses do have at least some sort of a plan in place, but if you have not visited your plan in a long time, it is smart to check it and make sure it is up to date with current records, guidelines and advice from authorities on how to handle various types of disasters.
Train Your Staff on Your Plan
In the event of an emergency, it is important that both you and your staff know what to do to stay safe. Whether officials are advising evacuation or seeking shelter wherever you are, it is key to educate your workforce on what their role in the disaster response is so they can respond correctly if a disaster begins.
Keep Emergency Supplies Handy
It is smart to have an emergency kit in the office that contains shelf-stable food, water and medical supplies. This will help your staff in the event that you must shelter-in-place and ensure no one has to leave for any reason until the threat has passed.
If your business is damaged due to a fire, storm or other incidents, we are here for you. Our expert commercial restoration technicians are on-call 24/7, so when you get in touch, you can be guaranteed a quick response. Call us anytime to report your damage.