Disaster Equipment Checklist: If Disaster Strikes, Will You Be Prepared?

Disasters come in all shapes and sizes.

Fires, floods, storms, terrorist attacks, cyber-attacks, theft…the list goes on.

A common thread that binds them, though, is the risk they pose to property, people and profitability. Alas, only 17% of us are prepared for them to strike.

How would your organization cope if disaster struck in the next few minutes?

It wouldn’t be easy, but having the right equipment would make a vital difference. Indeed, there are 5 key items for any disaster equipment checklist.

Want to discover what they are?

Keep reading.

1. Generators

Your systems could be entirely reliant on having steady access to power.

Indeed, everything from computers and the internet, to televisions and refrigerators will stop working when power is unavailable.

Unfortunately, all sorts of disasters lead to debilitating power outages.

Without a backup power supply, most businesses and commercial enterprises would be forced to grind to a halt. The repercussions of this downtime can be extreme.

Having a network of generators to call upon can be a vital lifeline until the power comes back.

2. Sprinklers and Fire Extinguishers

Few disasters are as serious for businesses and commercial properties as fire.

Imagine a hospital suffering this fate. The lives of hundreds of sick and vulnerable people are placed in immediate danger. Alas, the nature of their predicament makes fleeing the scene more difficult.

Having adequate fire safety equipment and procedures is vital.

Stock enough fire extinguishers of the appropriate type; install a well-tested and maintained sprinkler system to prevent untold damage occurring.

3. Food, Water, and Blankets

Certain disasters make access to basic supplies far harder.

People might be trapped in the building for considerable lengths of time; entire towns might be cut off from ordinary supply lines. Hurricane Katrina, for instance, damaged 70% of New Orleans’ housing, making access to food and drinking water a struggle.

Backup supplies of food, water, and warm clothing can be lifesaving in the event of these calamities.

4. First-Aid Supplies

It goes without saying that first-aid should be on your disaster equipment checklist.

People can come to harm in any number of ways. Everything from floodwater and falling objects to fallen obstacles and fires pose hazards to health.

A well-stocked supply cabinet of first aid gear and equipment will help address minor issues that arise until the emergency services are available.

5. Communication System

The ability to communicate in a disaster is also hugely important.

You can tell people about your whereabouts and keep up to speed on the situation.

Alas, regular forms of communication may no longer function. Phone lines might be down, mobiles might be out of battery, and the internet could have broken.

Think about having a two-way radio system in place. These provide instant communications in the event of a disaster, making them perfect for these kinds of emergencies.

Create Your Disaster Equipment Checklist

You never know when disaster’s going to strike.

However, one thing that is for certain is the damage they cause when they occur.

For that reason, it’s of utmost importance that you and your commercial property takes appropriate precautions. Having the right equipment in place will make an almighty difference.

Hopefully, this disaster equipment checklist will prove useful in your preparations.

Are you looking for help with your disaster-readiness? Contact us today.


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