Business in times of Natural Disasters

As a business owner, you are obligated to stay alert with everything concerning your business both internally and externally. A factor that many don’t anticipate is a natural disaster.

Sure, you have insurance just in case something gets damaged. However, that’s not where you should draw the line. Natural disasters are big and could cause your business to suffer for days, weeks or even months.

Factor in that you also have employees who may or may not be able to show up for work all bright and shiny the following day. These things should be dealt with accordingly.

Do you have a natural disaster plan? In fact, are you even sure how to go about getting one together?

Here’s a quick guide to help you organize your business to withstand these life-altering occurrences:

Know Your Area: Create a list of the most common natural disaster within your area. For instance, if your business is located in Oklahoma you may factor in tornadoes. If your business is in Miami, you would have to factor in hurricanes.

Preparedness: After you’ve listed the potential natural disasters within your business area, you should look into various ways you could protect your company. If your building needs shutters or your roof needs to be checked out to see if it’s up to code, do so as soon as possible.

If your area is prone to disasters that could spring up instantaneously (i.e. earthquakes or tornadoes), you need to have a “safe space” where your employees could gather to protect themselves. Make sure this area has water and nonperishable food items. Maintain this area on a regular basis.

Employees: Your employees are important towards keeping your business running like a well-oiled machine. If they are with you at the time of a disaster, ensure that no one gets hurt. You have an obligation to keep them as safe as you possibly can.

If the natural disaster is anticipated, make sure to reach out to employees after the occurrence to find out if they are okay once everything is in the clear. Keep them up to date with your company operations when you know the status of your business location(s). If you can’t open immediately after, this is understandable because chances are, your employees have to do damage control wherever they live.

Always remember that we are not in control of everything all the time. The earth runs on its own terms and will not stop for our business plans. Therefore, be open to making adjustments in uncertain times.