A natural disaster can happen with little to no notice and severely damage your business, so it’s important to be prepared.
In a matter of minutes, your business can be damaged, if not completely destroyed, which could force you to close up shop until you can get it back on its feet. Unfortunately, most businesses don’t have a disaster recovery plan in place and, when the unthinkable occurs, reopening doors after this major loss may not be possible. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reports that nearly 40% of small businesses never reopen after a natural disaster. Thankfully, we’re here to help and offer some tips for getting your business back on its feet as soon as possible after a severe weather storm strikes.
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Get Your Business Back on its Feet After a Natural Disaster
Make a Detailed Natural Disaster Plan
If you want your business to survive a disaster, you will need to create a detailed preparedness plan. Jot down a list of instant solutions you can implement in the moments after a natural disaster, such as:
- Which storms or disasters are likely to impact you and your business (this typically depends on location. For example, Los Angeles and earthquakes or Oklahoma City and tornadoes, etc.)
- How to remain in contact with your employees
- Emergency contact information for each of your staff members
- A thorough evacuation plan
- How to protect and get access to vital business information, such as hard drives stored elsewhere or using cloud-based services like Google Drive or DropBox
- Contact information for a reputable disaster restoration company, business insurance provider, and financial institutions
Communicate, Communicate, Communicate
The moment you are able, inform your staff, clients, and customers about what is going on with your business and when you think you’ll be able to reopen your doors. If the circumstances force you to relocate temporarily, let people know how and where to find you. Social media is great for keeping lines of communication open.
Get Help from Outside Sources
Reach out to financial assistance institutions, such as FEMA or the Small Business Administration. These organizations can help you cover the costs of repairs and replacements and apply for low-interest, long-term loans. You’ll also want to invest in good business insurance that can help you get back on your feet after a natural disaster.
Set Up Your Business for a Quick and Easy Recovery and Contact Restoremasters
It can feel unsettling to know that a natural disaster can cause a major disruption in your ability to conduct business. But having a detailed and thorough plan in place can make for an easy and quick recovery and gives you a greater chance of your business weathering the storm (both literally and figuratively!). Not to mention the peace of mind you deserve.
If the unthinkable were to happen, please remember that you are not alone. You can always count on the trusted professionals at Restoremasters to help guide you through this challenging recovery process. Our team of experts is dedicated to working tirelessly to restore your business to its former state. After disaster strikes, contact Restoremasters for the support you’ll need.