Friday, August 24, 2012
Businesses prepare for hurricanes
The U.S. Small Business Association offers disaster preparation guidelines on its website.
Top business preparation guidelines
• Have an emergency communication plan in place before the storm hits. How will co-workers stay in contact if the physical location of a business is damaged?
• Turn off all non-critical work devices before the storm hits.
• Alert a third party about business evacuation plans in case a storm makes it impossible to get to your place of business.
• Protect important business documents that you may need quickly, such as property insurance policies.
• Have cash on hand to pay employees or contractors after the storm.
• Know which employees are certified in CPR, EMT, etc.
• If possible, disconnect a building’s main electrical feeds.
• Have a plan to notify all employees, post-storm, about damage and how you’ll move forward.
• Review contracts that are date sensitive and have a backup plan in place to handle potential problems.
• Assess all functions that could be impacted by a lapse in business – cash flow, bills, budgets and any upcoming events.
The SBA also offers webinars to help owners and office managers create a disaster preparation plan. For more info, visit the SBA website.
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