Are You Prepared If Disaster Strikes?
January 03, 2018 (0 comments)
Naples, FL—When it comes to safety, security, and business interruptions, jewelers typically think of crime prevention first. But it’s equally important to have a plan for other events, both large-scale natural disasters like last year's devastating hurricanes and wildfires, and small-scale local events. Even something as small as a sinkhole on your street or a grease fire in the restaurant next door can impact your business severely, as can sudden illness or injury on the staff.
This article on SmallBizTrends.com outlines a checklist for disaster preparedness. Some key takeaways:
- Identify a first-aid team. Is anyone on your staff certified in CPR?
- Do you have smoke detectors and fire extinguishers, and are they up to date and working properly?
- Do you have a good evacuation route and do all your employees know what it is? Is it accessible to special-needs employees?
- Are you adequately prepared for flooding? Even if you don’t live in a flood zone, heavy rains combined with melting snow and ice, or a local water main break can produce flooding.
- Do you have a backup generator? In the event of a power outage, a generator can keep vital security equipment running.
- Do you have a chain of command and a current contact list? Training isn't just for sales and product--employees need to know who’s in charge of what during a disaster.
Click here to read SmallBizTrends’ full 21-point checklist.
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