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December 27, 2016 by
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While it’s certainly not something many people enjoy thinking about, as a business owner, it’s important to prepare your employees of what to do in the case of a disaster.

In order to protect yourself, your organization, and those that work for you, being prepared is a must. According to the Insurance Information Institute, 40% of businesses that are affected by a disaster never reopen.

Additionally, more than 25% of small businesses will experience what is deemed a “significant crisis” each year and almost 66% of small businesses do not currently have an emergency plan in place.

Instead of being another statistic in the event that something unfortunate happens, learn the key components of being prepared and having a plan in place. This could save your business a lot of money, angst, and stress.

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The Key Components of a Disaster Preparedness Plan for Your Company

Goals of the plan

Your company’s preparedness plan should, first and foremost, include the high level goals of the plan in general. This sets the tone for the plan for anyone using or reading it.

Steps to keep employees safe

This plan should also include information on the best and most effective ways to keep employees safe in an array of disastrous situations that your business could face. Since safety is a high priority in a crisis, this is a very important part of the plan.

Key roles and job functions

In the event of a disaster, different individuals in the company will need to play different roles in following the plan and keeping individuals and the company safe. These roles and job functions should be clearly identified and defined in this blueprint of what to do in the case of an emergency.

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Important contact information

This plan should be a quick reference point for key contacts, phone numbers, email addresses, physical addresses, and other logistical points of reference of important people and groups.

This could include clients, insurance companies or agents, local emergency response teams, employees, and company officials. In hectic times, having all of this information compiled into one handy list makes it easier to stay organized.

A business continuity plan

Even in the face of a disaster, it is important to keep your business running as normal as possible, given the specific circumstances. Having different contingency plans in place to account for different scenarios makes staying in the swing of things much easier, if the need occurs.

Take into consideration that business as usual may not be an option after a disaster, so having alternate options to keep the organization afloat in the interim is vital.

How a PEO Can Help

Creating a disaster preparedness plan can be a complex and intricate process that requires much expertise and attention to detail.

Enlisting in the help of a PEO will provide your business with the in-depth knowledge needed to create a plan that is perfectly customized to your organization to help you be best prepared for unfortunate situations.

To find a PEO that will best fit your company, call us to set up your complimentary competitive analysis.

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