Disaster and Your Business
Nobody wants interruption to their business ever! Natural disasters can be terrifying. Especially if there are a wide variety of different catastrophes that could strike your business, including floods, hurricanes, tornado, fires and more. If one of these unfortunate events happens, you don't want to find yourself unprepared! Discover the most important steps to take following a major disaster so you are able to recover quickly and safely.
!. Assess the Situation
As soon as the calamity has died down, check yourself and any family members to make sure no one is hurt. If you have any nearby neighbors, see if they are in need of any help. Turn of the gas and electricity in your home if it is safe to do so, and avoid entering your home for awhile, as there could be damage to your floors or ceilings that could cause them to collapse
2. Finding Food and Shelter
If your business no longer has running water, you can obtain it through emergency sources, such as rainwater, your hot water tank, your toilet reservoir or ice cube trays. Shelters are usually assembled by the American Red Cross in emergency situations for those whose homes are too damaged to stay in:look for one of these if you feel your home or business is dangerous. The Federal Emergency Management Agency as well as local churches and community services, are also good resources for any needs you might have in the dire situations.
3. Be Cautious
Disasters always leave a trail of destruction behind, be wary of contaminated floodwaters, fallen power lines, or any criminals taking advantage of all the chaos. Don't turn the gas back on in your home, as there could be a leak, and make sure your house is ventilated if you're cooking over your fireplace.
4. Recovering Important Information
One of the last steps of disaster rehabilitation and recovery is to salvage as many of the important documents from the wreckage, such as your insurance policies, birth certificates, driver's license, deeds, wills, financial statements, and any other precious information. Although these procedures might be difficult, it will help you and your family recover from this crisis as quickly as possible.