No matter how carefully set our companies are, there is always an unpleasant realization that all the hard work and the meticulous planning we have put into their foundations are just one disaster away from fading. Yes, according to recent research as much as 40% of businesses never reopen after a disaster. And the most horrifying thing about these numbers is that various emergencies that can put an end to our businesses are completely unpredictable.
Well, if can’t predict these situations, the second best thing is to do our best to prevent them and learn how to deal with them once they arrive. Let’s take a look at some of the most important mentions.
Although the impact of medical emergencies on the business operations is small, you should set up contingencies that will take care of your employees’ well-being. If your employees allow you, try to assemble their medical record to see if some of them need special care. Alternatively, ask them to undergo regular physical examinations on behalf of the company. Finally, ask the staff to undergo a basic first aid and CPR training so they can deal with emergencies before the ambulance arrives.
If we take a look at countries like Australia that experience earthquakes on a relatively frequent basis, we can see that although these situations seem hopeless, there still a couple of measures we can take to ensure the safety of our companies. First, hire the professionals to identify the structural weak spots of your premises and take immediate steps to address these issues. Second, write a thorough emergency plan (evacuation plan, behavior guidelines, etc.) and practice the procedures with your staff.
Electrical emergencies can come off as a result of a vast variety of different factors. Therefore, the steps you are going to take to prevent them should be equally as diverse and range from providing your staff with the proper electrical safety training to regular maintenance of electrical installations. If we take another look at Australia we can see that the most of interventions taking place in Sydney-based companies can be performed by an experienced electrician from Western suburbs, so there’s no need to resort to overly extensive remodeling moves.
Water-related emergencies can drastically vary in their intensity. If your premises are located in the area that experiences extreme weather conditions like tornadoes, floods, and blizzards on a regular basis, you should follow the same guidelines like with earthquakes – improve the structural integrity of the buildings and practice emergency procedures with employees. Regular inspection and maintenance of the plumbing and HVAC system should make sure your company doesn’t fall a victim to some minor, easily avoidable issues.
Fire emergencies are as dangerous as they are hard to handle – the causes of fire are simply too extensive to be addressed in a single set of measures. That is why you should try to follow as much of the following guidelines as possible:
- Hire the professionals to assess the arson risk
- Establish firm procedures for storing flammable materials
- Take good care of the machine maintenance
- Install a reliable alarm system
- Install professional fire suppression systems
- Fire-proof the rooms for smoking
- Keep track of the local fire code changes
- Practice evacuation procedures
- Practice fire emergency situations
- Take out the garbage regularly
- Keep the rooms with electrical equipment and heavy machinery well-maintained
Not every emergent situation has to be the result of some physical hazard. The situation in which the company’s reputation is on the line can be just as damaging. The best way to handle such instances is to try to anticipate different emergency scenarios and set up the contingencies. Once the crisis emerges, act quickly, accept the responsibility, divert negative chatter and refrain yourself from any kind of vague statements regarding the problem until you are sure what went awry. When you get the data, though, do your best to quickly compensate the damaged parties.
We hope these few considerations helped you to reach a better understanding of all the dangers that can harm your business and learn about the measures you can take to mitigate these situations. Building up a successful company takes a lot of time, money and effort. Don’t late all this hard work go to waste because you made some minor security oversight.