When preparing for emergencies and natural disasters, most of us focus on individual preparedness, such as developing a family emergency plan or putting together disaster kits for our home and car. However, five days a week, 8-10 hours a day, we spend most of their time at the office. For business owners and employees alike, peace of mind regarding the safety and security of our workplace makes for happier, more productive employment. It also greatly enhances our ability to recovery from a temporary or long-term disruption to critical business operations.
The primary purpose of a disaster plan and program is to first ensure the safety of employees and then the continuation or reinstatement of time-sensitive business operations after unplanned disruptions such as a fire, power or communications blackout, hurricane, flood, earthquake, civil disturbance, etc. Preparing your business for multiple hazards includes the development of emergency response protocols, communication procedures, and a recovery strategy. Employees should be trained and the plans tested and practiced on a regular basis.