Assessing the Disaster Preparedness Efforts of Your Business | SERVPRO® of Garden Grove East/Anaheim Central
Businesses are vulnerable to a variety of risks, which can be mitigated in many instances by planning ahead. Disaster preparedness is no different—having proper disaster precautions in place will allow you to stay safer and recover faster by making sure you know what to do both in the moment and during recovery. While there are a variety of disaster scenarios that could be possible, understanding what is likely to impact your business the most is key.
Understanding what disaster preparedness efforts you are already taking and where you could improve is much easier after doing a general assessment. By checking in with a few key metrics, you will know exactly where you stand on the spectrum of being prepared.
Your Commercial Insurance Coverage
While commercial insurance coverage is generally adequate for small-scale damages, during a natural disaster, there are often areas where it is inadequate. Adding policies is a common practice for business owners to ensure they are covered against all possibilities. Damages from flooding, operational interruptions and inadequate payout coverage are all things that can be protected against in advance.
Your Emergency Plan and Supply Kit
There are often only moments to react during a disaster scenario or emergency, making it vital that business owners have a plan in place for what to do. It is smart to plan for multiple scenarios—fires, floods and severe weather may all have different processes depending on the situation. In many cases, officials will order everyone to remain where they are, so making an office emergency kit would be a wise investment for your preparedness efforts, too.
Your Plan for Restoration and Recovery
The damages sustained during a disaster can cause an interruption in operations that can be devastating—but you can lessen the time recovery takes by planning ahead. Research the disaster loans offered by the Small Business Administration so you will know if you are eligible to apply. It is also wise to get to know the commercial restoration companies that service your area, so you can begin the damage cleanup process as quickly as possible after the danger has subsided.
If your business has been impacted by a disaster, you can contact us 24⁄7 for guidance on how to begin the commercial restoration process.