Monday, April 7, 2014

Small Business Emergency Preparedness Checklist

As a small business owner, you should be aware and be prepared for emergencies that could affect your business. A solid emergency plan can give you peace of mind and a greater sense of security.

  • Make a list of the vulnerabilities and potential types of disasters (fire, flood, tornado, etc) that can occur and how your business would respond differently to being displaced for a week, a month, or longer
  • Determine alternate locations for your business to operate if you are displaced from your current building
  • Create and maintain an inventory of property
  • Read your insurance policies carefully. Read the fine print so you know what is and is not covered
  • Have an emergency preparedness kit ready
  • Identify essential staff who are core to the operations of the business and keep a list of their phone numbers (home, work, pager, cell) and e-mail addresses that can be accessed by employees from several locations (home, Internet, etc.)
  • Devise an emergency communications plan that outlines how your business will communicate with employees, customers, vendors and other key external contacts in the days following a disaster. Keep duplicates of personnel, payroll, payables and receivables and other essential records at an off-site location
  • Determine who will manage the company if key leaders are unavailable
What other checklist items do you recommend?

1 comment:

  1. This is one of the most informative and knowledgeable articles I've ever read. I'd like to appreciate your efforts especially the way you've explained everything along with video tutorials. I'm one of those people who are extremely cautious of any catastrophic event and would do anything to save lives. I already have bug out bags for fires, tornadoes and earthquakes and I'm thinking of maintaining a survival kit for myself now. I came across your blog today and I'm thankful you've helped me a lot in what I need to keep in it.


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