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Disaster Plan for Your Community Businesses
- Establish a clear chain of command and communication for you and your employees in the case of an emergency.
- Set priorities regarding what your business could not operate without, and what must be back online first.
- Establish a back-up plan for your business services (power company, shippers and suppliers, internet provider, etc.)
- Get disaster insurance and have a clear understanding of what it covers.
- Determine how long your business could exist during a prolonged closure (paying creditors, employees, etc.)
- Explore your options for off-site storage of crucial documents and replacement equipment.
- Diversifying your customer base isn’t just good business, it’s a good disaster protection plan.
- Analyze what resources you have and what kind of resources you need in an emergency to get back to business (human capital, financial savings, temporary business location, etc.)
- Get involved in the community-wide plan. Contact your local emergency planning services to determine what they can do for you and what you can do for them.
- Write down all important information in your emergency plan, be sure to train employees and your family on the plan. Make copies.