Let’s face it: No business can claim to have a smooth operation. At one time or another, challenges come up, and sometimes they are catastrophic for the business. Disasters do happen, and you can’t avoid that. However, what you can do is have some good plans in place to counter any disaster that comes your way.

We are not talking about common disasters such as wildfires and floods, no — we are talking about the common disasters that may strike your business. It could be financial problems that threaten to cripple your business, massive employee resignation due to internal problems, or even issues to do with tax.

The once crucial question that you, as a business owner, should ask yourself is, is your business resilient enough? Can your business go through adversity and bounce back even greater?

Here are a few tips to help you through:

5 Things You Need to Know About Disaster Planning for Your Business

For a business to survive, it needs resilience

The ability to respond, adapt, and adjust to any shift in the business is called resilience and this works to safeguard people and assets in the business while maintaining normal operations. For a business to survive, employees need to be able to respond quickly to business disruptions and adjust fast to the new shift without any massive interference with normal operations of the business. Although major disruptions could be considered rare, a minor disruption like an hour’s downtime can have a significant impact on productivity and profit.

Disaster does not only mean natural calamities

Many business owners tend to focus their attention on natural disasters like floods, which is fine since they can throw you off balance. Such disasters are, of course, a thing to prepare for, but some other disruptions cannot be overlooked. One such disaster is cyber-attack. The internet is full of trolls who roam it day and night, looking for a little loophole to launch an attack. Most businesses today rely on technology and a little data breach can negatively impact a business. You may not be able to stop an attack especially from experienced hackers, but you can deter or delay the process to protect your business.

Disaster requires an emergency plan and survival kit

It is important to draw an emergency plan, but that’s not enough. You need a survival kit to ensure your business keeps running in the face of any kind of disaster. For instance, in case of flooding and your employees are unable to reach the office, are they still able to access data remotely and continue to work despite it all? This is where a business continuity plan comes in handy because an effective survival kit is the backbone of your business and determines your ability to respond and recover from any form of disaster.

Train your workforce on survival skills

In order to recover from a disaster, you need a knowledgeable workforce. Therefore, offer training, exercises and drills to your employees just to be sure they are ready at all times. Effective training builds memories and improves readiness to act in the face of a calamity. Training and drills also equip your workers better for survival and adjustment after a major blow.

Build a survival kit

A disaster is unavoidable, but a survival kit is necessary. Having a long-term strategic plan will improve the resilience of your business in the face of adversity. A simple survival kit involves having a chain of command. There has to be one person to tell people what to do in case of an emergency. It also needs to have a clear evacuation route and alternate working space in case you have to evacuate your current space.

Ways to Plan for Disaster in Your Business

As a business owner, you owe your employees and customers the ability and willingness to handle a calamity when it strikes. Here are ways you can ensure disaster preparedness.

Have a reliable insurance plan

There are so many insurance providers to choose from, but before you settle for one, ensure that they are able to provide coverage against hazards, especially the major calamities that cannot be easily avoided like natural disasters. This will save you the headache of starting from scratch.

Ensure you have safety equipment

It is a requirement for every business to have safety equipment and train employees on how to use them and under which circumstance. There are four major safety equipment for the workplace; respiratory protection like cartridge or air-line, eye protection like shields or goggles, hearing protection like earplugs and hand protection like gloves and barrier creams. You can also conduct a hazard assessment by organizing a drill to gauge how prepared your employees are when disaster strikes.

Let your employees participate in the planning

The most valuable asset in your business is your employees, and they must, therefore, be involved in the entire disaster planning process. You may get valuable insights from them on what to do when a disaster strikes and how to recover from it. From planning to implementation, involve them in every process.

Make it clear who is in charge

The business owner and the entire workforce needs to know who to contact in case of an emergency or disaster. Promote the right channel of communication as it gives you the ability to contact when disaster strikes quickly. Update your contact list as well and have alternative numbers where necessary.

Have a clear evacuation route

Certain disasters may force you to evacuate your business premises at once! When such scenarios arise, you need to have evacuation routes with consideration to people with special needs. You will also need an alternative location to run your business until everything is sorted. Ensure your employees know all the evacuation routes.

Disasters come knocking unexpectedly, and they should not paralyze business operations in any way. With a clear disaster management plan, businesses can rise above the turmoil and continue working despite the odds. Get the best people fit for the job, even if it means outsourcing services, and you’ll be sure to get through the problem even stronger.

 

 

 

 

 

Published by Shahbaz Ahmed