Natural Disaster Hits Durban, 10 October 2017
The beautiful city of Durban was struck by a severe storm yesterday, which has affected people along the coastline in various ways. Homes and businesses were affected, and many vehicles were left floating about, waiting for the storm to pass.
Your business is your livelihood, and when you begin building a small business, you pour your heart and soul into its success. Take the necessary steps for added protection when you need it most, and ensure you can get back on your feet again sooner rather than later when disaster strikes.
When disaster strikes, no one ever wants to think it’s going to affect them. Natural disasters have a bigger impact on businesses than man-made disasters do. Do you have an emergency/disaster preparedness plan? Take a moment to reevaluate your risk level before an emergency/natural disaster strikes.
1. Risk Assessment: Identify potential emergencies your company is most likely to be faced with and affected by. To help determine your level of preparedness, contact Xpanda Security for a free quote on security measures such as our Roller Shutter Doors which can help to protect your store from unforeseen events such as natural disaster.
2. Insurance Coverage: Based on your risk assessment, contact your insurance broker to discuss your coverage and ensure that your business is covered should a disaster strike.
3. Contingency Plan: Review your business operations and establish a procedure for this in the event of a disaster. Create a list of all your suppliers and important contacts, and find out if you have suppliers in the same location as your business. Form closer partnerships with these suppliers to help ensure the smooth running of all operations within your business.
4. Have a plan B location: Create an alternative location where you can continue to run your business should you need to vacate the premises for an extended period of time. This will be a temporary place where staff and clients can still continue to do business with you without further interruptions.
5. Decide on a Communications Plan: In the event of an emergency, ensure that you have emergency contacts listed and that your members of staff know who to contact when disaster strikes.
6. Back Up! Back up! Back up!: One of the most critical parts of securing your business is backing up your data! Make sure that you do regular backups to avoid potentially losing important information and work that will set you back in the event of a disaster. There are many options available today to do this.
7. Practice Your Plan: Once you have got your disaster plan in place, make sure that you practice it with your team, and reevaluate your plan at least twice a year and keep it up-to-date, and your staff informed of any changes.
Please contact us if you have been affected by the recent storm in Durban and let us help get you back on your feet! At least, let us guide you in taking preventative measures in an emergency/natural disaster.