Health / Safety / Risk Mgmt
What is the Cost
The following will give you an idea of what it may cost to develop a disaster protection and business continuity plan. Some of what is recommended can be done at little or no cost. Use this list to get started and then consider what else can be done to protect your people and prepare your business.
- Meet with your insurance provider to review current coverage.
- Create procedures to quickly evacuate and shelter-in-place. Practice the plans.
- Talk to your people about the company's disaster plans. Two-way communication is central before, during and after a disaster.
- Create an emergency contact list including employee emergency contact information.
- Create a list of critical business contractors and others whom you will use in an emergency.
- Know what kinds of emergencies might affect your company both internally and externally.
- Decide in advance what you will do if your building is unusable.
- Create a list of inventory and equipment, including computer hardware, software and peripherals, for insurance purposes.
- Talk to utility service providers about potential alternatives and identify back-up options.
- Promote family and individual preparedness among your co-workers. Include emergency preparedness information during staff meetings, in newsletters, on company intranet, periodic employee emails and other internal communications tools.
- Buy a fire extinguisher and smoke alarm.
- Decide which emergency supplies the company can feasibly provide, if any, and talk to your co-workers about what supplies individuals might want to consider keeping in a personal and portable supply kit.
- Set up a telephone call tree, password-protected page on the company website, email alert or call-in voice recording to communicate with employees in an emergency.
- Provide first aid and CPR training to key co-workers.
- Use and keep up-to-date computer anti-virus software and firewalls.
- Attach equipment and cabinets to walls or other stable equipment. Place heavy or breakable objects on low shelves.
- Elevate valuable inventory and electric machinery off the floor in case of flooding.
- If applicable, make sure your building's HVAC system is working properly and well-maintained.
- Back up your records and critical data. Keep a copy offsite.
More than $500
- Consider additional insurance such as business interruption, flood or earthquake.
- Purchase, install and pre-wire a generator to the building's essential electrical circuits. Provide for other utility alternatives and back-up options.
- Install automatic sprinkler systems, fire hoses and fire-resistant doors and walls.
- Make sure your building meets standards and codes. Consider a professional engineer to evaluate the wind, fire or seismic resistance of your building.
- Consider a security professional to evaluate and/or create your disaster preparedness and business continuity plan.
- Upgrade your building's HVAC system to secure outdoor air intakes and increase filter efficiency.
- Send safety and key emergency response employees to trainings or conferences.
- Provide a large group of employees with first aid and CPR training.
Business continuity planning must account for all hazards (both man-made and natural disasters). You should plan in advance to manage any emergency situation. Assess the situation, use common sense and available resources to take care of yourself, your co-workers and your business's recovery.
- Be Informed
Know what kinds of emergencies might affect your company.
- Continuity Planning
Carefully assess how your company functions, both internally and externally.
- Emergency Planning
Your employees and co-workers are your business's most important and valuable asset.
- Emergency Supplies
Think first about the basics of survival: fresh water, food, clean air and warmth.
- Deciding to Stay or Go
Shelter-in-place or evacuate, plan for both possibilities.
- Fire Safety
Fire is the most common of all business disasters.
- Medical Emergencies
Take steps that give you the upper hand in responding to medical emergencies.
- Influenza Pandemic
The federal government, states, communities and industry are taking steps to prepare for and respond to an influenza pandemic.
For more information on business continuity, see these additional documents from FEMA. The National Continuity Program can be reached at FEMA-STTLContinuity@dhs.gov or by phone, at 1-202-646-4145.
Talk to Your People
- Involve Co-Workers
Include people from all levels in emergency planning.
- Practice the Plan
Drills and exercises will help you prepare.
- Promote Preparedness
Encourage your employees and their families to: Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Informed.
- Crisis Communication Plan
Detail how you will be in contact with employees, customers and others during and after a disaster.
- Employee Health
People who have experienced a disaster may have special recovery needs.
Protect your investment
- Insurance Coverage
Policies vary, meet with your provider to review current coverage.
- Utility Disruptions
Prepare for extended outages during and after a disaster.
- Facilities, Buildings & Plants
Take steps to secure physical assets.
Conduct a room-by-room walk-through to determine what needs to be secured.
- Building Air Protection
Assess the HVAC system to improve indoor air quality.
- Cyber Security
Protect your data and information technology systems.
- Sample Emergency Plan
- What Does It Cost?
- Emergency Supplies Checklist
- Insurance Discussion Form
- Computer Inventory Form
Courtesy of FEMA - ready.gov
http://72hours.org/build_kit.html On how to Prepare - Make a Plan and building a kit.
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