PREPARE YOUR BUSINESS
Make a Business Emergency Plan
Your business’s emergency plan should include safety information, workplace evacuation guidance, contact information for essential workers, and emergency procedures to safeguard employees, equipment, and vital records. An emergency plan should be shared with all employees and is a critical piece in making the difference between an emergency and a disaster.
- Red Cross Business Readiness Evaluation Tool
- Small Business Association Emergency Preparedness Resources
- Homeland Security Tools and Resources to Help Businesses Plan, Prepare, and Protect from an Attack
Make a Continuity of Operations Plan
A continuity of operations plan (COOP) should assign responsibility for your business’s operations as well as establishing lines of authority in case critical staff are missing or unable to report to work. An effective COOP will also detail what will happen if you are unable to do business immediately following a disaster.