The phrase “Catastrophe” instantly brings to thoughts violence – of a hurricane or flood or earthquake. It is solely on second thought that the precise impression of a catastrophe – it doesn’t matter what its trigger – turns into clear.
When catastrophe hits a small enterprise with no emergency survival plan, the possibilities are it is going to imply whole shut-down of the enterprise – and job loss for everybody concerned.
Even when a plan is in place, it might be lacking a key part: being ready to deal with the workers’ concern for the protection and well-being of their family members.
This concern is so sturdy that usually even essentially the most senior employees members — with main accountability for mission important features – have been recognized to desert the enterprise altogether, struggling to get residence to avoid wasting household from imagined chaos or hazard.
With key personnel gone, despite the fact that the constructing continues to be standing, the end result will be the identical – whole shut-down.
Is there an answer?
After a profession of working with small (and bigger) companies, and the previous 15 years serving to construct and lead a neighborhood neighborhood emergency preparedness crew, we predict there IS an answer.
In our opinion, the best answer is the coordination and even “integration” of communities. This may be achieved when…
- Firm administration, employees and workers have all been Neighborhood Emergency Response Staff (CERT) educated.
- The corporate has constructed its emergency preparedness plan across the CERT mannequin and these specially-trained workers.
- All workers’ members of the family have been inspired and even supported in getting the identical CERT coaching.
The perfect extension of this idea can be for every of the worker’s residential neighborhoods to additionally change into CERT-trained communities – which we should acknowledge is an unlikely risk.
However the mere truth of figuring out their households are ready for main emergencies would allow workers to stay at their work stations longer, serving to the corporate take fast steps to guard essential knowledge and gear to protect the enterprise – and their earnings.
It is a win/win if it may be achieved. And even when solely a part of the answer will be applied, the corporate can be in a greater place to resist and even forestall enterprise interruption.
All of it begins with emergency preparedness plans for neighborhood and/or enterprise. Such plans are NOT troublesome to develop given the numerous sources out there from authorities sources and devoted authors. However there’s urgency to getting began now:
- Emergencies can and do occur. And not using a plan, they will flip into disasters.
- Your planning has to happen BEFORE the emergency strikes.
New and cheap instruments to make the method straightforward can be found. Do not wait any longer to get began!