Businesses are not immune to disasters, and every business should have an emergency and disaster plan. If forced to close for an unlimited amount of time, costs can add up quickly for a business. Irving's Office of Emergency Management encourages businesses to prepare before an event actually occurs. By planning now before an emergency, organizations can be back to business much more quickly. By creating and testing those plans, businesses are better prepared.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through its Ready.gov website, provides a valuable planning tool for business continuity and crisis management. By committing today to prepare your business, you can help your employees, customers and the community, both locally and nationally, return to normal life at a quicker pace.
Plan to stay in business:
Plan to stay in business by using planning and available resources to take care of your co-workers and your business.
- Know the hazards your business faces and examine them carefully.
- Look at the function that your company provides.
- Collect survival supplies like food, water and clean air. Encourage staff to have an emergency supply kit in their offices and workstations.
- Create plans for both sheltering-in-place and evacuation.
- Have a NOAA Weather Radio, if possible.
Involve employees at all levels in emergency preparedness
- Hold drills with co-workers and employees regularly.
- Discuss and promote emergency preparedness with both families and individuals.
- Plan and practice communication both internally and externally.
- In the event of a health emergency, discuss needs before and after a disaster.
Protect your investment, preserve your company and secure physical assets
- Review and update insurance policies annually.
- Plan for extended utility disruptions.
- Protect your facilities and buildings by installing fire extinguishers and smoke alarms.
- Secure all entrances and exits to facility.
- Assess your HVAC system and ensure it is working properly.