Planning Can Lessen Risks at Your Business | SERVPRO® of Citrus Heights/Roseville
Being wise about where you invest your time and resources is one of the most important parts of being a business owner. Though it might not seem like a high priority, planning for a natural disaster is one of the best time investments business owners can make.
The frequency of natural disasters continues to rise, and though certain areas are more susceptible than others, there is nowhere that is immune. Knowing what the risk factors are for disasters in your geographic area, formulating a plan and preparing for the aftermath are all ways to protect your business and ensure you can reopen quickly after the situation has passed.
1. Double-Check Your Insurance
Not all insurance coverage is created the same, and there are many insurance policies that are not sufficient for the kind of severe damage that a natural disaster can cause. Many floods and other catastrophic events can leave business owners out of luck when it comes to gaining compensation for their damage, which is why it is important to understand what is included in your policy and where you may want to consider adding business coverage for certain damages.
2. Create Your Action Plan
Having a plan for what you will do the moment a natural disaster is set to strike is extremely important, as evacuation time is often limited. Be sure to take note of anything around the building that will need to be addressed before leaving to mitigate damage, and keep emergency supplies handy. It is also best to know the local evacuation routes and shelter locations as well.
3. Rehearse Drills and Prepare Staff
Not only does helping your staff prepare for a disaster make everyone feel more safe and comfortable in their work environment, but it also can help lessen your liability as a business owner. Communicate the natural disaster protocol with them and perform drills for workplace emergencies frequently so it is clear what everyone’s roles are in a dangerous scenario.
4. Choose a Restoration Company to Work With
When your business is damaged by a natural disaster, the most important thing to do is get your building restored so you can resume operations quickly and begin to recover from your losses. By researching and selecting a restoration company in advance, business owners can know exactly who to call when a disaster occurs and get the process started immediately.
If you need to pick a commercial restoration company that’s right for you, call us today! We can tell you all about what sets our process apart.