Six Ways to Help Your Business Bounce Back from an Earthquake/Disaster

This article from the Silicon Valley Business Journal offers six tips to help your business bounce back from an earthquake. What we’ve found though, is that these tips can be applied to any disaster and to business continuity in general. Here they are:

1) Stay safe: It may sound basic, but having first aid supplies and emergency provisions stored at your business makes a whole lot of sense. Make sure all your employees know what to do if there’s an earthquake, a lockdown, a hurricane or some other event. They need to know how to get out of the building or where to go if they need to stay inside it, and where the emergency supplies are.

2) Collect the information you will need: The gist of this tip is to be prepared. There are numerous resources to provide you with the information you’ll need if a disaster strikes, such as maps of recent earthquakes, educational materials on disasters and recovery efforts in your area. It’s also important to make sure you have all the contact information for your staff.

3) Consider insurance: As the article was specifically written for dealing with the aftermath of an earthquake, it advises readers to consider earthquake insurance. If your business is in an earthquake-prone area (or an area that frequently sees floods, tornados or hurricanes), insurance might not be a bad idea.

4) Protect your supply chain: This is a crucial part of handling any disaster, and a tip that can be applied in so many situations. “Identifying alternative suppliers can help get a business back on track should primary sources be disrupted,” the article says.

5) Plan for an alternative workforce: Any event where people get hurt, where traffic is jammed or the power goes out could mean employees will not be able to come to work. “For key personnel, ensure that you have turnkey, secure online remote work capability. If your company has multiple locations, prepare staffing plans that will let managers exchange workers,” the article advises.

6) Take care of clients: This is a great tip for keeping your business running even in a crisis. The article advises us to ensure we have emergency contact information for key clients and key prospective clients on hand. As soon as possible after the disaster has been handled, we should get a designated employee working the phones. If we get our business up and running before the competition, that can only mean good things for us.

 

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