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Why Every Business Should Have a Disaster Plan in Place | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

An image of a book labeled "Business Continuity Plan" Disaster can strike at anytime, make sure you have a plan in place for your business!

Preparing your Dutchess County business for a disaster can make all the difference in how quickly you are able to reopen after an emergency occurs—or if you are able to reopen at all.

Putting a plan in place that covers your emergency protocols from beginning to end will allow you to better prepare for any situation and make sure your business can survive even the worst of situations.

While every disaster scenario will be unique, with a general plan in place you can better prepare for anything that occurs.

Considerations When Setting Up an Emergency Plan for Your Business

-Focus on prevention first. While some things like natural disasters will be out of your control, there are emergency scenarios you can prevent to some extent, including fires and some types of water damage issues. Be sure your business is up to code, that you are doing regular evacuation drills and that you have frequent seminars with your employees about workplace fire safety procedures.

-Make sure your insurance has you covered. Commercial insurance will often fall short in situations of emergency, which is why many business owners might want to consider purchasing coverage for specific scenarios such as flooding or an interruption in income.

-Be sure your records are safe. If your records are destroyed in a disaster, your recovery might become much more difficult than it needs to be. Protect your records by creating digital backups or storing physical papers in a secondary location so that way you do not lose everything if your business is damaged.

-Keep your contact information up to date and secure. Being able to contact your employees, vendors, insurance company, lessor and other parties vital to your daily operations after a disaster is essential. Be certain you have everyone’s contact info, that it is accurate and that it is stored in a safe place. This way you can get in touch with everyone easily in case of a disaster scenario to create a smart reopening plan.

If your business has been impacted by a disaster or emergency, you can count on us to help. Our team of restoration experts has extensive experience with commercial properties, and we can help you at any hour.

Contact us today for a guaranteed quick response, we're always here to help.

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