Think Ahead and Prepare Your Port Ewen Business for Disaster
It's vital to have an Emergency Plan in place should your business ever suffer a disaster!
Experiencing a disaster like storm damage, a fire, or a long-term, unexpected closure, as a business owner, can be a massive issue. There are so many questions about what to do and how to recover, with the priorities being to ensure everyone’s safety and if or how to continue operations as quickly as possible.
To help avoid being overwhelmed after a disaster strikes, it’s important to have a plan in place now for how you can handle a disaster that impacts your business. Planning in advance can reduce the damage a disaster causes, keep your staff safer—and most importantly, help you in reopening quicker after the danger passes.
Take a look at these strategies for success:
Reduce the Damage a Disaster Causes to Your Business
Disasters can cause major damage to businesses even when the owners do everything right. Accidents happen, weather occurs, but a little bit of planning can help reduce the losses:
-Make copies of important documents and keeping them in a secure, offsite location so you don’t lose anything critical due to flooding, fires or other scenarios.
-Creating a technology-focused disaster plan can help you protect any electronics in the workplace and recover your digital files even if your main computer systems are impacted by the disaster.
Increase the Safety of Your Workplace
All employers should have a written and tested emergency plan in place. Communicate it to staff as well, they are the best testers of an emergency plan and can offer valuable feedback. Train employees on the protocols and procedures of a disaster, as well as assigning people with roles and responsibilities. Ask them for revisions or additional input to help you execute a safe emergency evacuation. This, in turn, increases the safety of your workplace and helps ensure that everyone in the building feels prepared and understands how to be safe in extreme situations.
Decrease the Time it Takes to Reopen After a Disaster
The most important reason to prepare for a workplace disaster is helping to shorten the time it will take you to reopen. The Small Business Administration states that 25% of small businesses do not reopen following a disaster. If your business is your livelihood, that can be positively devastating. Do what you can in advance to prevent damage and have a plan in place for restoring your property and recovering following the disaster and your business can reopen quicker.
If you’re planning ahead to help protect your Ulster County business from a disaster, give SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz a call to learn more about our commercial restoration processes and how we can help you recover quickly and get your business back on it’s feet. "Like it never even happened."