Emergencies can never be predicted, which is part of the reason they can cause so much stress. Trying to figure out how to quickly and properly handle any level of emergency can be taxing and chaotic. And for businesses, being thoughtful and prepared during an unexpected emergency is critical. That is why having an emergency response plan can make those first few moments after an unpredicted situation occurs just a little bit easier.
PROTECT YOUR RECORDS
Prevention is the best way to be prepared for an emergency. In the event of a fire or a flood, there is potential for all sensitive records and materials to be destroyed. This is why it is crucial to preventatively keep additional copies of your most important records at a separate location. Anything that you would not be able to function as a business without should be backed up and kept somewhere else in the event of building damage.
DEVELOP AN EVACUATION PLAN
Next, you should always have an evacuation plan set in place. This must be clearly communicated and exits should be clearly marked in the event of an immediate evacuation. Ensure that all employees know their quickest and safest exit and be aware of anyone who may need assistance exiting in a timely fashion. Doing this simple step will empower your employees in the event of an emergency.
HAVE AN EMERGENCY CONTACT SHEET
Having an emergency contact information for employees, fire department, police and disaster restoration providers is an important step of being proactive in the face of an emergency. Knowing who you will dial to help restore your space after an unfortunate disaster will take stress and worry off of your mind and allow you to return to normal as soon as possible. It is also important to keep a copy of this important contact information in a different location so that if it is also destroyed, you have peace of mind that it can still be accessed.
Unfortunately, disasters are unpredictable and can take a toll on your business’s productivity. Prevention is the only way to be prepared in an unforeseen situation. Being aware of what your business is at the highest risk for can allow you to make plans and protocols to be proactive in a potentially devastating emergency.
24 Restore is the preferred restoration services partner of commercial & residential property owners across New England. Whether you’re dealing with an emergency situation, or just simply need help implementing a sound Disaster Response Plan, we’re available to help. Contact 24 anytime, day or night for assistance.