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 Business Preparation

  • Be prepared to provide employees with information on when, if and how to report to work following an emergency.
  • Set up a telephone call tree, password-protected page on the company Web site, an e-mail alert or a call-in voice recording to communicate with employees in an emergency.
  • Be clear on how their jobs may be affected.
Management: Provide top company executives with all relevant information needed for the protection of employees, customers, vendors and nearby facilities.
Public: It may be important to update the general public with calm assurance that all resources are being used to protect workers and the community. Being able to communicate that plans are in place for recovery may be especially important.
Customers: Update your customers on whether/when products will be received and services rendered.
Other Businesses/Immediate Neighbors: You should be prepared to give competing and neighboring companies a prompt briefing on the nature of the emergency so they may be able to assess their own threat levels.
Communicate regularly with employees before, during and after an incident. Involve co-workers from all levels in emergency planning.
  • Use newsletters, intranets, staff meetings and other internal communications tools to communicate emergency plans and procedures.
  • Set up procedures to warn employees.
    Plan how you will communicate with people who are hearing-impaired or have other disabilities or who do not speak English. 
  • Designate an out-of-town phone number where employees can leave an "I'm Okay" message in a catastrophic disaster.
  • Encourage employees to have alternate means and routes for getting to and from work, in case their normal mode of transportation is interrupted.
  • Keep a record of employee emergency contact information with other important documents in your emergency kit and at an off-site location.
  • If you rent, lease or share space with other businesses, it is important to communicate, share and coordinate evacuation procedures and other emergency plans. 

 Emergency Preparation Checklist

  • Have an emergency plan.
  • Make sure your employees know the plan and their role.
  • Have multiple sets of data/information backups.
  • Evaluate your insurance coverage. Keep your policy in a location off-site. Will your coverage allow you to fully recover?
  • Assign specific responsibilities to specific employees to get operations running for a quick recovery.
  • Have an agreement in place with an emergency restoration company.
  • Stockpile spare parts and alternative power supplies.
  • Locate alternate work sites and moving companies.
  • Unplug equipment during major storms.
  • Encourage employees to have a workplace survival kit, including enough water, food and medications for a period of one week.

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 Sample Business Emergency Plans


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