Any business must be prepared for the unexpected. Natural disasters, fires or on-the-job injuries are all potential realities your business might have to face. Here are a few ways to prepare your company to face these challenges.
Make a Plan
As soon as possible, meet with the leadership team in your organization and develop a detailed emergency response plan for the business. This should include different plans for different possible emergencies from simple (such as a brief power outage) to more complex (such as an earthquake). Consider what responses should look like on different days — for example, your organization’s response may need to look different if the emergency strikes outside business hours.
Prepare Necessary Supplies
In the event of an emergency, you want to be able to care for your staff and customers until help arrives. First aid kits, emergency food and sufficient stored water will help your business meet the needs of everyone. Make plans for communication with on-site and external employees as well. Depending on the nature of your business, electrical generators may also be necessary to ensure everyone’s safety and/or protect your company’s products or maintain services in case of an outage.
Practice the Plan
Regular emergency drills can help you continually evaluate the potential effectiveness of an emergency plan. Fire, natural disaster or lockdown drills all help keep your employees informed and prevent some undue stress when a disaster strikes. You might even consider running full practice exercises to ensure systems like generators or back-up batteries are in working order. Finally, training employees on basic CPR and first aid can also help prepare your business for emergencies.
As the saying goes, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” By making an emergency plan for your business, you can avoid this possible failure and ensure that your organization stays strong even in the face of unexpected circumstances.