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In order to protect the health and safety of their employees and their businesses, business owners and managers should:

  • Maintain an emergency supply kit that includes survival items such as water, flashlights and a first aid kit. 
  • Develop continuation of operations/business continuity plans before disaster strikes.  
Over 40% of businesses NEVER reopen after disaster, and of those that do only 29% remained open after 2 years.

Recommendations to make sure your business survives disaster

Program Management

  • Organize, develop and administer your preparedness program
  • Identify regulations that establish minimum requirements for your program

Planning

  • Gather information about hazards and assess risks
  • Conduct a Business Impact Analysis (BIA)
  • Examine ways to prevent hazards and reduce risks

Implementation

Write a preparedness plan that addresses:

  • Resource management
  • Emergency response
  • Crisis communications
  • Business continuity
  • Information technology
  • Employee assistance
  • Incident management
  • Training

Testing Plans and Exercises

  • Test and evaluate your plan
  • Define different types of exercises
  • Learn how to conduct exercises
  • Use exercise results to evaluate the effectiveness of the plan

Program Improvement

  • Identify when the preparedness program needs to be reviewed
  • Discover methods to evaluate the preparedness program
  • Utilize the review to make necessary changes and plan improvement