A natural disaster is one of the worst crises any company can face, especially when one prompts a prolonged office closure. The recent wild fires in British Columbia or the flooding in New Brunswick are major examples of this scale of disaster. When natural disasters strike, they can affect every facet of people’s lives, including their work. For many, getting back to work as soon as possible is essential to their personal recovery; your employees need to know when it’s safe to go to work, and need to trust their employers are managing the situation. In the face of a natural disaster, what will your organization do? Do you have a plan for the first minutes? What about the first hours? What happens if the disaster lasts for days, or your workplace is seriously affected?
Any natural disaster will present unexpected challenges, but having a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan can help you to manage the predictable details. Although specific aspects of an emergency situation will change, the basic shape of your response likely will not. The key, therefore, is adaptability: your plan needs to be flexible to accommodate a range of scenarios, and not so rigid that you feel trapped or helpless when things go off-script. Having a comprehensive and flexible plan can improve employee awareness and response, and reduce the likelihood your business suffers damage that it cannot recover from in case of a natural disaster.
Some emergencies are not as widespread as a wildfire or a flood, but they can still wreak havoc on your business. A building fire or severe weather event can risk employee safety and your overall business. Having a plan in place helps mitigate the danger and gives guidance on what to do in a stressful situation.
Do you have an up-to-date emergency preparedness plan? Download our FREE Guide to creating an Emergency Preparedness Plan to ensure your company is ready if a disaster happens. Don’t get caught unprepared in an emergency.
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