Prepare

Plan to Stay in Business

Business continuity planning must account for all hazards (both man-made and natural disasters). Plan in advance to manage any emergency situation. Assess the situation, use common sense and available resources to take care of yourself, your co-workers, and your business’s recovery. Carefully evaluate internal and external operations to determine which staff members, materials, procedures, and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the business operating.

For more information on devising a business emergency plan, please visit ready.gov/business.

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  • Be Informed
    Know what kinds of emergencies might affect your company.
  • Continuity Planning
    Carefully assess how your company functions, both internally and externally.
  • Emergency Planning
    Your employees and co-workers are your business’s most important and valuable asset.
  • Emergency Supplies
    Think first about the basics of survival: fresh water, food, clean air and warmth.
  • Deciding to Stay or Go
    Shelter-in-place or evacuate, plan for both possibilities.
  • Fire Safety
    Fire is the most common of all business disasters.
  • Medical Emergencies
    Take steps that give you the upper hand in responding to medical emergencies.
  • Influenza Pandemic
    The federal government, states, communities and industry are taking steps to prepare for and respond to an influenza pandemic.

Talk to Your People

A solid business emergency plan only works if everyone on your team is aware of the plan and the actions they need to take.

  • Involve Co-Workers
    Include people from all levels in emergency planning.
  • Practice the Plan
    Drills and exercises will help you prepare.
  • Promote Preparedness
    Encourage your employees and their families to: Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Informed.
  • Crisis Communication Plan
    Detail how you will be in contact with employees, customers and others during and after a disaster.
  • Employee Health
    People who have experienced a disaster may have special recovery needs.


Protect Your Investment

As well as planning for an emergency, you can also take steps to protect your company and secure your physical assets.

  • Insurance Coverage
    Policies vary, meet with your provider to review current coverage.
  • Utility Disruptions
    Prepare for extended outages during and after a disaster.
  • Facilities, Buildings & Plants
    Take steps to secure physical assets.
  • Equipment
    Conduct a room-by-room walk-through to determine what needs to be secured.
  • Building Air Protection
    Assess the HVAC system to improve indoor air quality.
  • Cybersecurity
    Protect your data and information technology systems.