Each year, major disasters force thousands of businesses to close but even more common events such as building fires, broken water lines or sudden loss of data can end with business closure. SBA research shows that at least 25 percent of businesses that close following these events do not reopen and many that do struggle to survive. Business continuity and evacuation planning, and protecting vital records such as insurance documents, are critical to the success of your business
One of the best places to get information is the State of Utah’s website: www.bereadyutah.gov. Another great way to ready your business for an emergency is to participate in the statewide April 17 “Great ShakeOut” event. More than 720,000 individuals, including more than 30,600 business participants, have already signed up to take part in the event, which is aimed to encourage Utahns to prepare for major earthquakes so we know what to do before, during and after. You can find out more and register to participate at www.shakeout.org.
Here are some examples of what you can do to prevent emergencies from permanently affecting your business:
1. Computers: Have you taken any of these actions to prevent damage to computers and/or loss of your critical information?
- Secured computers to prevent damage
- Established a back-up system for critical information
- Elevated (in flood hazard areas) and/or braced inventory
- Identified structural weaknesses and improved building strength
- Secured non-structural hazards like lighting and HVAC equipment to prevent them from falling
- Developed special delivery arrangements of inventory after a disaster