Emergencies and disasters, big and small, can occur at any moment. It’s important that you and your business are prepared when, and if, they do. Having an Emergency Response Plan in place can offer guidance for you, your employees, and your customers in times of uncertainty, and will support an effective response to the challenges that may present themselves. A well developed Emergency Response Plan will also allow your business to recover quicker and more efficiently.
We’ve put together an Emergency Response Plan Template that you can use and tailor to your individual business needs. You can download the template here.
Key Considerations for your Emergency Response Plan
When putting together your Emergency Response Plan, it’s critical that you consider the following:
Make your emergency plan concise, but simple and easy to understand for anyone in your organization.
Consider even the small processes in your business. Engage your team members and process owners for input here; they might be able to identify things that you, as the business owner, might miss. A neighbourhood grocery store that has someone assigned to check that the freezer stays on and running could save themselves a lot of money in the event of a “stay at home” directive.
Do a vulnerability assessment. What hazards have the most impact on your business activities? Different hazards will affect different types of businesses differently.
Yoyin Familusi is our Director of Small Business Strategists. Yoyin loves listening to creative entrepreneurial ideas and is passionate about helping bring those ideas to life. She never wants any entrepreneur to feel alone in their journey. With over 15 years' experience in business development, client services, and business planning, she brings diverse and invaluable experience to the team.
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