Disaster Preparedness: Business Disaster Plan

Disaster Preparedness and Response Team

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A disaster preparedness plan for your business is just as important as having a disaster preparedness plan in place for your home.

Disaster Preparedness Risk Assessment – there are lots of different types of disaster and hazard, but in your risk assessment you need to identify the potential hazards and what would actually happen if the said hazard did occur to your business. You need to assess the potential impact of each individual hazard which could happen to your business.

Disaster Preparedness Plan Hazards

  • Fire
  • Natural hazards
  • Explosion
  • Workplace violence
  • Mechanical breakdown
  • Supplier failure
  • Cyber attack
  • Spillage of hazardous materials
  • Flooding

Disaster Preparedness Plan Assets at Risk

  • Employees and other people at your place of business
  • Property – critical structure and safety
  • Systems and equipment
  • Supply chain
  • Reputation of business and confidence
  • Business operations
  • Impact on the environment

Disaster Preparedness Plan Impact

  • Potential casualties
  • Damage to property
  • Loss of customers
  • Interruption to business
  • Environmental contamination
  • Fines and penalties
  • Lawsuits
  • Loss of confidence in your business organization

So you see, a disaster preparedness plan needs to prepare for much more than a meeting point in the car lot and the occasional fire drill. There are many types of disaster which can impact on your business, physically, emotionally, financially . . . without a great disaster preparedness plan there’s a very┬áreal chance that your business might not survive a disaster at all!

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