Besides marking the end of Summer and the start of Autumn, September is also National Preparedness Month. Every September, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages Americans to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and communities. This year’s theme is “Prepared, not scared.” In the spirit of National Preparedness Month, we offer several tips for preparing your business for emergencies.
Inform Your Employees
Knowledge is power. The more your employees understand how to prepare for emergencies in their homes and at work, the better. FEMA has excellent tools and tips for promoting emergency awareness and even has free and publications you can order online.
An important part of disaster and emergency planning is identifying risks in your neighborhood and region. For example, if your business is in a floodplain or near a body of water, flooding is an ever-present risk. But it’s not just natural hazards that pose a threat; health, technology, and human-caused hazards can impact your business. Therefore, identifying any potential risks is critical to preparedness.
Make a Plan
Businesses that have a disaster recovery and business continuity plan are more likely to survive catastrophic events. When making an emergency plan, consider the specific needs of your company. Don’t forget to practice your plan throughout the year. Practice makes perfect!
Back Up Your Data
Your data is one of your most important business assets; back it up regularly. Your data protection plan may include a cloud backup service, offline backup, or both. No matter how you back up your data, store your backup media or data in a secure location.
Protect Your Paper Records
Paper documents generally don’t survive floods, fires, and natural disasters. Store copies of vital business files offsite. First, cull your records inventory by discarding any outdated or expired documents. Your document shredding partner can offer shredding collection containers that allow you to purge old paper records. When the containers are full, your shredding partner will destroy the contents and provide you with a Certificate of Destruction.
The preparedness habits you start today will pay dividends for the rest of the year and beyond.
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