Three Disaster Preparedness Resources Worth Saving Today

If disaster struck today, would your business be ready?

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According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), more than 40% of businesses never recover after a disaster. Whether natural hazards, like floods and earthquakes; human-caused hazards, like accidents and violence; or technology-related hazards; such events pose a significant threat to worker safety and business sustainability.

September is National Preparedness Month—a good time to create or review your company’s disaster plan. That’s why we’re sharing three resources to put you on the immediate path toward preparedness.

  1. The Ready Business Risk Assessment Table
    The first step toward disaster preparedness is an “all hazards” approach to threat assessment. Use this worksheet from Ready.gov to identify business assets, potential hazards and the probability of impact like casualties and property damage. Together, the information in your table will produce an overall hazard rating. Visit the ready.gov Risk Assessment page for related information.
  2. FEMA’s Emergency Response Plan Worksheet
    When disaster strikes, an emergency response plan is what carries a business through those first critical moments and the events thereafter. An emergency response plan outlines immediate safety procedures and expectations of employees, as well as regulations. Use this worksheet to identify employee actions and response teams in disasters requiring evacuation or shelter, medical emergencies and natural hazards.
  3. Training Resources and Requirements
    Would employees know what to do if a fire started in the building? If an earthquake struck? In a lockdown? Do they know who’s in charge in an emergency situation? These are questions every employee should be able to answer. Use this matrix and list of training guidelines to ensure employees and response teams know their role in disastrous times—and whether there are regulations to consider.

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