Taking Care of Business > Getting Ready for Disaster


You can't prevent a disaster, but you can do more than just buy insurance. The steps you take BEFORE disaster strikes can make a big difference in saving you time, money, and inconvenience... and get you back in business faster.

Figure the odds. Make a list. Consider what sort of disaster types and scenarios that could strike your building or business, starting with the "most likely." Storms, fires, and burst pipes may be the most obvious. Floods, earthquakes, or tornados may be lower on the list. Even consider potential disasters like power failures, heating or cooling system shutdowns.

Pre-Qualify Outside Sources. Depending on the nature of the disaster, here are some people you might need.

  • Structural Engineers
  • Restoration Company
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Plumbers
  • Communications Systems Specialists
  • Building Contractors or Carpenters

Again, don’t wait until after disaster strikes. Have company names and phone numbers of reliable sources ready as soon as you need them. Meet them and review references. Look at their actual experiences and the types of jobs they've done. Make sure you know their emergency response procedures — and how fast they will come to you after a disaster.

OTHER LISTS

  • Inventory all equipment and supplies. Don't count on employee memories, especially after the shock of a disaster. These records will be critical for insurance claims. In addition to lists, video tape all property contents and structures. Store the lists and tape ELSEWHERE.
  •  Have a communications plan for employees or tenants, so they know what to do or where to call during an emergency.

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