Prepare Your Business

Every business needs to develop, maintain, and practice a viable emergency plan. Your plan should include information on a number of related topics. It should address everything from isolated medical incidents all the way up to widespread disasters.

Think about including the following types of information in your plan:

Types of Hazards …

  • Fires
  • Power outages
  • Winter weather
  • Hurricanes, storms, and flooding
  • Tornadoes
  • Extreme heat
  • Pandemic influenza
  • Hazardous materials
  • Bomb threats
  • Medical incidents

Strategies for Protecting …

  • Your workers
  • Your physical plant
  • Your data
  • Your infrastructure

Procedures for …

  • Communications
  • Shelter in place
  • Personnel accountability
  • Relocation
  • Damage assessment
  • Restoration and recovery

Requirements for …

  • Employee training
  • Annual drills
  • Corrective actions

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has resources for businesses to develop emergency plans at its website www.ready.gov/business