Did you know that 40-60% of small businesses don’t reopen after a disaster? To avoid being part of this statistic, there are a few basic steps a business of any size can take to be better prepared for an emergency or disaster. Your friendly disaster expert in Arvada, Lisa Smith, shares some tools and steps to prepare yourself, your company and your employees when that inevitable bad day comes along.
- First, grab your core team at work and carve out some time to build out your Disaster Preparedness Checklist for Businesses.
- Second, what documents or items are essential to have? Use this guide to build out your disaster recovery kit!
- Explore your neighborhood and network to learn of your Community Lifelines (explained in detail in this document but are basically your critical and fundamental government services and business needed for daily operations.
- Next about your supply chain network. Is it local, is it global? Do you have a backup supplier that is local? The graphic below gives you an idea of how to ensure your supply chain stays in order during a crisis.
These are just a few ways you can better prepare your business when that fire comes down the mountain, or flood comes in. Communities and people often think it won’t happen to them, trust me, it will come eventually so be prepared!
If I have sparked your interest in this topic and you want to get into the weeds on preparing yourself, here are my top three recommended resources:
Additionally, make sure your entire team signs up for emergency alerts and you develop a basic communication plan for your staff. Please reach out to me at Lisa.Smith@teamrubiconusa.org if you have questions or want some support in building out your plan. I’m happy to help at no charge—we are all in this together, Arvada!
About us: Team Rubicon is open to all that are interested in getting involved in helping your community. Learn more about Team Rubicon here. Does your business need hand sanitizer? Do you have other questions about Team Rubicon? Email Lisa at Lisa.Smith@teamrubiconusa.org. See you in the field!