Disaster Preparedness Checklist
1. Develop disaster plan by identifying how your company can protect itself from natural or manmade catastrophe.
2. Prepare emergency kit, including nonperishable food, water, flashlights, emergency radio, first-aid kit and blankets.
3. Keep current phone numbers for your suppliers, employees, customers, utility companies and emergency agencies.
4. Designate alternate worksite from which to communicate to customers during recovery.
5. Practice walk-through drills and discuss each employee’s responsibilities
in an emergency scenario.
6. Make sure your facility meets all local building and fire codes.
7. Review insurance coverage (most policies don’t cover flood damage).
8. Be prepared for utility disruptions with a portable generator.
9. Scan all documents; backup data on external hard drives that can be utilized at a remote location.
10. Keep lots of cash on hand in the event it is the only means of purchasing goods and supplies.
Online Disaster Preparedness Resources
The following online resources are available to help small business owners learn about disaster preparation and how to speed recovery efforts.
- The United States Small Business Administration provides information on how to prepare for disasters and the SBA’s disaster loan program which helps homeowners, renters and businesses of all size recover from disasters.
- The American Red Cross offers free materials regarding disaster planning and recovery.
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency offers free, step-by-step advice on how to create and maintain a comprehensive emergency management program.
- The Department of Homeland Security shows businesses how to be ready for emergencies. The website includes a sample emergency plan you can use for your business.
- The Institute for Business and Home Safety and The National Federation of Independent Business offer a variety of tools designed for small business owners to both reduce their potential for loss should disaster strike and to reopen quickly should they be forced to close.
- Security contractors can also check their state government home page to see what resources are available. The state Web site usually consists of the state’s name followed by “.gov” (e.g., www.ohio.gov). Look for links to emergency management agencies, public safety departments and small business offices.
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