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