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Hurricane preparedness

From Hurricane Harvey, to the fires in Oregon, California, and Montana, to the earthquake in Mexico, to the looming threat of category-4 strength hurricane Irma, recent events have made it only too clear that, in addition to planning to protect human life during a disaster, there must also be safeguards in place to protect the businesses that allow people to make a living.

One of the first safeguards any business should have is a comprehensive business continuity plan, complete with a backup and disaster recovery strategy. This will be touched upon in a little more detail below, but such a strategy will need to address how your business will ensure that data and resources are protected or recoverable.

Additionally, it helps to build a checklist of all the critical items you need to consider. While what follows is by no means a comprehensive list of preparations to take, it should serve as a starting point to your preparation.

BEFORE A DISASTER STRIKES

WHEN DISASTER IS IMMINENT

AFTER THE DISASTER ENDS

Key Contacts to Have Ready

Local Hospital:_________________________

Police:_______________________________

Fire Department:________________________

Insurance Company/Agent:_________________

Small Business Administration: 1-800-3592227

FEMA Tele-registration: 1-800-462-9029

Nature is a powerful thing, and so the best that you can do is to reinforce ourselves against it and persevere. It is important to remember that of all businesses that go through a major disaster, 40 percent never reopen, and those that do have a 25% chance of closing within two years. Protecting your business during these dangerous, risk-laden times is imperative.

Hurricane preparedness

From Hurricane Harvey, to the fires in Oregon, California, and Montana, to the earthquake in Mexico, to the looming threat of category-4 strength hurricane Irma, recent events have made it only too clear that, in addition to planning to protect human life during a disaster, there must also be safeguards in place to protect the businesses that allow people to make a living.

One of the first safeguards any business should have is a comprehensive business continuity plan, complete with a backup and disaster recovery strategy. This will be touched upon in a little more detail below, but such a strategy will need to address how your business will ensure that data and resources are protected or recoverable.

Additionally, it helps to build a checklist of all the critical items you need to consider. While what follows is by no means a comprehensive list of preparations to take, it should serve as a starting point to your preparation.

BEFORE A DISASTER STRIKES

  • Identify safety hazards and weaknesses around your building and see they are repaired.
  • Update and duplicate key information
  • Employee phone numbers
  • Employee personal emails
  • Phone numbers and emails of building management and maintenance
  • Ensure that you have taken a backup
  • This backup should be hosted off site, ideally in the cloud, safe from the effects of the disaster
  • Prepare a business continuity plan
  • A copy of this plan should also be stored offsite
  • Prepare your office, acquiring supplies and training staff
  • Develop emergency procedures for your technology
  • Test procedures on a regular basis

WHEN DISASTER IS IMMINENT

  • Stay connected to news/weather services to remain informed
  • Power down anything not managed by an Uninterruptible Power Supply or similar device
  • Disconnect all devices, and move any that are located near windows
  • Close doors and windows
  • Ascertain that your employees are safe
  • Implement a check-in policy to ensure your employees remain safe throughout the disaster
  • Brace yourself to ride out the disaster

AFTER THE DISASTER ENDS

  • Avoid hazardous conditions in and around your area
  • Check for employee injuries
  • See that employees receive the help/medical attention they need
  • Assess the damage to your business
  • Enact your business continuity plan
  • Assist the community in recovering

Key Contacts to Have Ready

Local Hospital:_________________________

Police:_______________________________

Fire Department:________________________

Insurance Company/Agent:_________________

Small Business Administration: 1-800-3592227

FEMA Tele-registration: 1-800-462-9029

Nature is a powerful thing, and so the best that you can do is to reinforce ourselves against it and persevere. It is important to remember that of all businesses that go through a major disaster, 40 percent never reopen, and those that do have a 25% chance of closing within two years. Protecting your business during these dangerous, risk-laden times is imperative.