Being in the throes of hurricane season, it is vital to your business to plan ahead for floods and disasters. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 40% of small businesses that closed during a natural disaster (like flooding) won’t reopen again. With statistics like these, it is imperative to take the right precautions and know what to do after a flood occurs.
Business Flood Recovery Guide
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- Disaster Plan
- Risk Assessment
- IT Systems Back Up
- Recovery Resources
- Apply for Assistance
1) Disaster Plan
Every business needs to have a disaster plan–whether you are in a flood area or not. A good start is to list and document all necessary documents and information needed for your company to run. Make sure your list and plan include:
- Staff emergency contact numbers
- Lists of emergency services and contact numbers
- List of supplier and their contacts
- Operations and administration procedures
- Asset inventories
- IT inventories
- Communication system specifications
- Maintenance agreements
- Insurance information
2) Risk Assessment
It is important to assess the risks of all components of the business. Not only is flooding a risk but other disasters, as well. Take into consideration environmental disasters, and also loss or disruption of utilities, system or equipment failures, security incidents, and other emergency situations. Be sure to include these emergency scenarios in your disaster plan and assess the steps needed for each to keep your business running and employees safe.
3) IT Systems Back Up
Your entire IT system needs to be properly backed up in case a flood (or any disaster) affects your business. Consider alternative business processing methods, as well as backing up essential equipment, administrative and operations information, and customer service files.
4) Recovery Resources
If your business is harmed by a flood or other natural disaster, there is a plethora of information and helpful resources available for assistance. Check with state and local government websites to see what they have available for recovery. FEMA, United Way, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Disaster Recovery website are just a few to get your recovery started.
5) Apply for Assistance
After you visit various recovery resources, it is a good idea to apply for disaster assistance. There is assistance available–but only if you apply. The Small Business Administration, various city organizations, as well as those listed above in recovery resources can help get your business back up and running again.
Flood Recovery: Be Prepared
Always have your business be as prepared as possible when it comes to flooding. Along with having a solid business recovery plan, and your systems backed up, take an extra step in precaution and invest in an Aqua-Barrier inflatable cofferdam to help keep water out and your business dry. The Aqua-Barrier is the essential tool for flood prevention at your establishment.
Contact us to learn more about our flood recovery guide and how you can keep your business safe from the next flood.