It is the third year FEMA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are leading a campaign during National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, challenging individuals and businesses to improve the way they prepare and respond to severe weather. This year’s theme is Be a Force of Nature: Take the Next Step.
Up to 40 percent of businesses that do not have a disaster preparedness plan and experience a damage event do not reopen their doors. Business continuity is crucial when the unthinkable happens, preparation is the key to a successful recovery.
Assemble a Team – Assemble an emergency management team with representatives from each department, such as safety officers and managers.
Know the Risks – Identify disasters that could occur in your area and consider the risks your business is susceptible to.
Conduct a Risk Assessment – Identify vulnerabilities for your company such as data security or weak building structure. Note crucial functions for business continuity.
Create a Plan –
- Contact an experienced property damage restoration company like Polygon prior to an incident, to prepare your facilities and be on-call should disaster ever occur.
- Train employees on the plan
- Create an information technology plan
- Establish a crisis communication plan.
Polygon offers a complimentary Code Blue Preparedness Plan to prepare our clients prior to a disaster. Our specialists walk through your facility and work with you to create a Disaster Plan, so if damage does occur, our technicians are on call, already familiar with your building and key areas, and can immediately begin work.
For expected weather events, such as severe weather, Polygon reaches out to our Code Blue customers tracking as the weather progresses, providing tips leading up to the event to best prepare and minimize damage.
For more information, check out this Infographic on Disaster Preparedness Plans.