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Lessening the Risk of Disaster at Your Small Business

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

While natural disasters are often unprecedented and unpredictable, that does not mean that planning for them is a waste of time. In fact, planning ahead for natural disasters is one of the smartest moves that small business owners can make.

When you own a business, any interruption in operations can be critical, and by putting a disaster recovery plan in place in advance, you can minimize this interruption as much as possible.

Natural disasters continue to occur with more frequency around the U.S., so knowing how to handle the moment a disaster strikes as well as planning how you will help your business recover are key things to consider. Read on to discover our top tips for small business preparedness.

1. Double-Check Your Insurance
Though many assume their general business policy is all they need, if you are preparing for natural disaster-related issues, you may need to discuss the option of supplemental commercial insurance with your agent. There are many scenarios that a general business policy will not cover, so it is important to be aware of what those are and how you can avoid encountering a costly repair bill.

2. Create Your Action Plan
Obeying evacuation orders quickly and safely is one of the most important things you can do in a natural disaster, and having an emergency action plan makes this much easier. Knowing what evacuation route to take, where to seek safety and medical attention if necessary and how to take provisions for your business in the moment before you leave will make all the difference in your personal and commercial safety during this stressful time.

3. Rehearse Drills and Prepare Staff
Create a safer workplace for all by preparing any on-site staff for a disaster as well. Train everyone on the emergency protocols and make time for regular workplace emergency drills in order to ensure everyone understands how to handle any kind of emergency or disaster scenario.

4. Choose a Restoration Company to Work With
Because a loss in operational hours can be devastating for businesses, choosing a restoration company to work with in advance of the disaster is key. This way you can do your research and vetting in a low-stress time, ensuring you are finding the best commercial restoration company in the industry. Look for professionals who have a 24-hour response time and extensive expertise in commercial restoration.

If you need to pick a commercial restoration company that’s right for you, call us today! We can tell you all about what sets our process apart.

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