6 Takeaways for Evaluating Your Disaster Response Plan
Observe National Safety Month with These Tips for Keeping Your Business and Employees Safe During a Disaster
I recently read an article that shocked me (which says a lot coming from someone who works closely with manufacturers and recyclers). It stated the U.S. and Canada had over 270 fires at waste and recycling facilities in 2016, in 10 months alone. This should shock you too – and illustrate the need for having a disaster response plan in place should one of these incidents occur.
In honor of National Safety Month, stay committed to keeping your employees and business safe with an effective disaster plan. As an example, here are some of the items and takeaways we’ve helped clients implement into their plans:
- Pre-loss Planning
If your business doesn’t have a plan in place for a major fire or another major disaster that has the potential to end your business, then you likely won’t recover from one.
In the case of a fire, your building will no longer be a place that can house your people, products and equipment. Consider how you would conduct business in a temporary place or have a mobile command center that can be your temporary HQ.
- Building/Site Stabilization
With most insurance policies, you have an obligation to minimize the damage or loss as much as possible. Consider temporary roofing, water damage from the fire department, mold, power, lighting, fencing or guards to protect your site – clearly these are items that must be dealt with very quickly.
If everything has been lost, how will you replace/restore your data? In today’s world, electronic restoration and telecommunications is imperative. It’s amazing on what can be gleaned from a hard drive when you think it’s burnt to a crisp. Document restoration, media recovery and pieces of equipment or machinery will likely need to be restored quickly.
There will be a period of time where the building will just sit. Unfortunately, from the excess water used by the fire department, there’s a probability of mold developing. And for older buildings, if part of the wall is broken, asbestos may be exposed. These should also be treated immediately.
If the business will be rebuilding in the same place, having a vendor that can also operate as your general contractor lifts a large weight off your shoulders – handling demo, clean-up, engineering, roofing, electrical, plumbing, HVAC and a host of the other trades.
These were just some of the major items that recently came up following a major fire. My client had many lessons learned from the event and thankfully, they were prepared with a plan ahead of time. For questions on getting your plan together or evaluating the one you currently have, contact us today.
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