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Prepare Your Business

  • ​Have an emergency preparedness and communications plan ready

  • Create a business continuity plan for evacuation scenarios

  • Think about how to protect critical assets during a disaster

  • Have HR policies in place: 

    • Employee alerts/early release/working remotely/payroll and insurance policies

  • Provide first aid training to employees and have first aid kits readily available

  • Save or store all important documents (off site or on higher ground)

  • Assign one or more points of contact responsible for employee counts in case of evacuation

  • Assign a point of contact to communicate with first responders

  • Larger businesses should assign floor or facility wardens to get people out and meet at a planned muster point to ensure everyone’s safety

  • Test your emergency employee and customer notification plans (emails, text alerts) – start all notification tests with “THIS IS A TEST” to avoid confusion

  • Have a plan to work in an alternate location in case of evacuation

  • Make sure employees are aware of their respective roles during a flood

  • Have an accessibility plan for employees with disabilities or special needs

  • Consider having a manual for every employee to review the plans and procedures

  • Host an annual tabletop exercise with management and employees to review and practice the plans, process, roles and procedures

  • Use social media platforms like business websites, Twitter, Facebook, to communicate with employees, customers and members

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