Thousands of earthquakes happen every year and hundreds of them are strong enough to be felt.
What happens to your business and staff when an earthquake is stronger than a mere rumble? The damage an earthquake causes often ends up having a long-term and costly impact.
Keep reading to find out why you need a plan even if you’re in a low-risk area – and what to do before an earthquake to protect your business continuity.
Disaster planning often includes fire and floods – but are earthquakes featured on your plan, too?
The damage to your business may be structural. Your staff may be injured if something falls during the quake. Perhaps even worse, in today’s digital era, your servers and data could be corrupted or made inaccessible.
What would you do if your premises were damaged? If your databases were lost? An earthquake plan puts steps in place to help your business recover quickly to limit the financial and reputation damage you could face.
You need to create a plan to protect your staff, your building, and your data. Follow these steps to create an easy plan that gets you back on your feet quickly after a quake.
Back up your data in the cloud on servers located well away from your physical location. This will help protect your information and make it easy to set up your business from temporary premises after the quake.
Make sure staff know they need to stop, drop, and cover wherever they are if an earthquake happens. Ensure wheelchair users know how to lock their wheels and protect themselves, too.
Where appropriate, designate an outdoor area to reconvene after the earthquake. Practice your drill at least twice a year to make sure everyone knows what to do.
Update emergency contacts for all staff, too, so that you can account for all staff and handle medical emergencies efficiently.
Create safe places for staff to take cover in your business premises. This could be installing sturdy office desks or reinforcing doorways or vestibules to create a safe area.
Check the stability of your building, too. Book contractors to assess how your building premises will behave in an earthquake and carry out any preventative work to reduce damaging movement.
Work with a disaster response training company to deliver insightful and useful instruction to key members of staff.
The training can include everything from knowing how to administer first aid to developing a business continuity plan. The more people prepared for disaster, the easier it’ll be to get your business up and running quickly after an earthquake.
Knowing what to do before an earthquake to protect your business takes a lot of planning. You’ll need to consider a broad range of things such as data recovery, machine repair, staff safety, and premises security.
Make sure you’ve covered everything by asking an expert to help. Our specialist team will help you develop a comprehensive disaster recovery plan that’ll make sure your business carries on without a hitch. Contact us today to find out more!