Did you know that September is National Preparedness Month? This awareness-raising month is meant to encourage people to make plans in case of major disasters like floods, wildfires, hurricanes, or extended power outages. The need for preparation is not just for individuals in their homes. If you own a business, it’s also important to plan ahead and have protocols in place to deal with possible emergency scenarios. Read on to learn the 5 steps to creating a preparedness plan for your Orange County business.
- Program development and management
- Know your state and local minimum requirements
- Organize and implement preparedness planning program
- Personalized preparedness
- Research the hazards and risks an emergency situation could create and how they could specifically affect your business (also known as a Business Impact Analysis).
- Plan how to reduce or prevent risks to your business.
- Creating your preparedness plan When writing your plan, it should provide protocols for the following needs/scenarios)
- Emergency response
- Communication (remember, cell phone, internet, and land line communication can be unreliable in an emergency)
- Resource management
- Business continuity
- Information technology
- Employee direction and assistance
- Incident response
- Employee preparedness training
- Testing your plan
- After training your employees on the proper response in a given emergency situation, it’s important to run regular drills.
- Practicing responses will not only teach employees what to do so they are comfortable and will quickly know what to do in case of an emergency, but will also help you identify any weak areas in your business preparedness plan.
- Program review
- It’s important to routinely evaluate and update your company’s preparedness plan
At Systematic Inquiry Group, we are firm believers in the old adage that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” That’s why it’s so important to think about emergency preparedness for your business before something happens. It’s also why our Orange County private investigations firm not only responds to security emergencies, but also has a strong focus on preventative security services for businesses.
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