Published Date: 06/02/2014
By Pat Rountree
If you have not developed a plan for your business in case of a crisis, move it to your “A” list of priorities. We have all heard news reports of mud slides, tornados, bombings, fires, floods, etc. It is not pessimistic to think that there is potential for crisis affecting any business. Smart businesses make a plan to prepare employees and have contingencies in place in the event they are affected. There are numerous resources to get you started, but there is no one-size-fits-all plan since each business is unique.
The number one tip: Get Started!
If you have a plan in place already, great start! If your employees don’t know you have it, pull it out, blow off the dust and review what you have with employees to see if it needs updating. Seek input from employees who may be more involved in the day-to-day processes than you. Whether you call it a Disaster Plan, Emergency Preparedness Plan or Crisis Plan, it should never be a static document. Processes change, technology changes, and employees come and go. Be sure to review your plan at least annually and more often if you have significant changes in between.
The goals in case of crisis are protection of assets (safety of employees, protecting business records), communications and business continuity, if possible. Take advantage of the resources available to make your plan, update it or communicate it.
CCH offers checklists, a Business Continuity Plan format and other resources. Go to the CCH online research tool at CAI’s website (www.capital.org) and type in “disaster plan”. Click on Safety, Security & Risk Management to view helpful documents.