Emergency Preparedness Resources for Businesses (20)
When business is disrupted, it can cost money. Lost revenues plus extra expenses means reduced profits. Insurance does not cover all costs and cannot replace customers that defect to the competition. A business continuity plan to continue business is essential. Ready Business will assist businesses in developing a preparedness program by providing tools to create a plan that addresses the impact of many hazards.
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- December 16, 2013
- Go to ResourceIf businesses are ready to survive and recover, the nation and our economy are more secure. America’s businesses form the backbone of the nation’s economy; small businesses alone account for more than 99% of all companies with employees, employ 50% of all private sector workers and provide nearly 45% of the nation’s payroll. A commitment to planning today will help support employees, customers, the community, the local economy and even the country. It also protects your business investment and gives your company a better chance for survival.
- Go to ResourceThe Plan will be distributed to members of the business continuity team and management. A master copy of the document should be maintained by the business continuity team leader. Provide print copies of this plan within the room designated as the emergency operations center (EOC). Multiple copies should be stored within the EOC to ensure that team members can quickly review roles, responsibilities, tasks, and reference information when the team is activated.
- Go to ResourceThis document will give you an idea of what it may cost to develop a disaster protection and business continuity plan. Some of what is recommended can be done at little or no cost. Use this list to get started and then consider what else can be done to protect your people and prepare your business.
- Go to ResourceA 10 page document to help Businesses Identify the goals and objectives for the emergency response plan. Define what your emergency response team is expected to do during an emergency (e.g., evacuate employees and visitors, provide first aid, etc.), Identify any regulations covered by your plan (e.g., OSHA, fire code, etc.)
- Go to ResourceIdentify resources for response to emergencies and to prepare a facility for a forecast event (e.g., hurricane, flooding, etc.). Consider the quantity needed, when they would be needed (response time), capabilities required (knowledge, training, certifications), limitations associated with the resource (availability, response time, or capabilities), and the costs and liability associated with a resource. The last column can be used to compile notes. Resource assessment is a process to identify required resources so that decisions can be made about emergency response. Examples provided do not mean that the resource must be provided. Regulations define minimum requirements. Once minimum requirements have been met, the business must decide what additional resources should be provided to accomplish the goals and performance objectives for the program.
- Go to ResourceSandy Whann, president of Leidenheimer Baking Company in New Orleans, LA relates the steps taken before and during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.