Are you ready if a winter storm causes significant damage to your business? According to the Insurance Information Institute, up to 25 percent of businesses never recover from a major disaster. And even a lesser calamity can be disastrous for small businesses, which generally have fewer staff and resources with which to recover.
The U.S. Small Business Administration has some advice on making sure your business can handle a major winter emergency:
Sign up for text alerts and warnings.
These days, the majority of people can receive alerts via their cell phones. Make sure you can, and encourage your employees to sign up as well. Go to “Be Smart: Know Your Alerts and Warnings” for links to local alerts and weather apps for your area.
Make sure your important documents are safe.
Go to “Be Smart: Protect Your Critical Documents and Valuables” for tips and a great checklist on protecting your vital papers.
Have an emergency supply kit.
Businesses, just like homes, need to have water, first aid, and other supplies on hand in case of emergency. Click here for a description of a Basic Disaster Supplies Kit.
Create an emergency communication plan.
In an emergency, you need to know how to contact customers, family members, your insurance company and others quickly. This Crisis Communications Plan will help you be ready.