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Business Preparedness

A small investment of time could go a long way towards averting a serious disruption caused by a disaster. Even the best-designed and well-maintained buildings can be damaged, forcing a business closure.

Just as personal preparedness helps you survive a disaster or emergency, so does preparing your business. The Washington State Emergency Management Division encourages the following comprehensive business planning and preparedness action items:

Business Preparedness Diagram
  1. Assess whether your business can handle disruptions of normal operations
  2. Develop a Business Continuity Plan to ensure your company’s essential services and personnel are identified and can resume operations as soon as possible
  3. Promote employee preparedness
  4. Conduct a non-structural hazard assessment to reduce impacts
  5. Develop and test your evacuation and shelter-in-place plans
  6. Take steps to protect vital records
  7. Develop a communications plan so that you can contact your staff, vendors, suppliers and media
  8. Review your insurance policies annually to ensure you have adequate coverage
  9. Learn how to drill and exercise your plans
  10. Ensure your vendors and suppliers have a disaster response plan
  11. Collaborate with local neighborhoods, community groups and other businesses to promote disaster preparedness
  12. Learn the role of the Kirkland Police, Fire & Building, and Emergency Preparedness departments before, during, and after a disaster.

Additional Resources for business preparedness

Fire Services
123 5th Avenue, Kirkland WA 98033

General Inquiries
T. 425.587.3650 | F. 425.587.3671