The phrase “Catastrophe” instantly brings to thoughts violence – of a hurricane or flood or earthquake. It is solely on second thought that the precise affect of a catastrophe – it doesn’t matter what its trigger – turns into clear.
When catastrophe hits a small enterprise with no emergency survival plan, the probabilities are it would imply whole shut-down of the enterprise – and job loss for everybody concerned.
Even when a plan is in place, it could be lacking a key part: being ready to deal with the staff’ concern for the protection and well-being of their family members.
This concern is so robust that usually even probably the most senior employees members — with main accountability for mission crucial features – have been recognized to desert the enterprise altogether, struggling to get house to save lots of household from imagined chaos or hazard.
With key personnel gone, regardless that the constructing remains to be standing, the end result may be the identical – whole shut-down.
Is there an answer?
After a profession of working with small (and bigger) companies, and the previous 15 years serving to construct and lead a neighborhood neighborhood emergency preparedness group, we predict there IS an answer.
In our opinion, the best resolution is the coordination and even “integration” of communities. This may be achieved when…
- Firm administration, employees and staff have all been Group Emergency Response Crew (CERT) educated.
- The corporate has constructed its emergency preparedness plan across the CERT mannequin and these specially-trained staff.
- All staff’ relations have been inspired and even supported in getting the identical CERT coaching.
The perfect extension of this idea can be for every of the worker’s residential neighborhoods to additionally turn into CERT-trained communities – which we should acknowledge is an unlikely risk.
However the mere reality of figuring out their households are ready for main emergencies would allow staff to stay at their work stations longer, serving to the corporate take speedy steps to guard necessary knowledge and tools to protect the enterprise – and their revenue.
It is a win/win if it may be completed. And even when solely a part of the answer may be carried out, the corporate will likely be in a greater place to resist and even stop enterprise interruption.
All of it begins with emergency preparedness plans for neighborhood and/or enterprise. Such plans are NOT tough to develop given the numerous sources obtainable from authorities sources and devoted authors. However there’s urgency to getting began now:
- Emergencies can and do occur. With out a plan, they’ll flip into disasters.
- Your planning has to happen BEFORE the emergency strikes.
New and cheap instruments to make the method simple can be found. Do not wait any longer to get began!