After the Disaster: 5 Things You Need to Know

Shawn Turner |

Bad things happen. Regardless of how well your employees are trained, how often you inspect your equipment, or how well safeguarded you might believe your organization is, disasters can still occur.

As you’ll learn in other blogs that will be posted this month in recognition of National Preparedness Month, prevention should be a company’s top priority. But what do you do after disaster strikes? Here are five things to keep in mind.

1. Safety first

In the event that your store or building is damaged, there is going to be a temptation to re-enter the building to survey the damage and try to save as much of your expensive equipment or sensitive data as possible.

Don’t do that. Damaged buildings can be unsafe to enter, so it’s important to wait for emergency personnel to give you the all clear before you re-enter your building.

2. Communicate

Strong communication is the hallmark of any successful company, and that adage holds true during an emergency. Ensure key groups are informed of what’s happening, including company officials, vendors and media, if necessary.

3. Document the damage

When you are able to safely approach the property, take photos and video of the damage for future reference. Don’t forget to bring along other items you might need when visiting the site, including flashlights and anti-bacterial wipes.

4. Put security in place

Looting is a real concern following a natural or man-made disaster. If you’re able to do so, try to repair your building so potential looters aren’t able to get inside. You might also want to consider hiring professional security to watch over your store or business until things get back to normal.

5. Stop!

In the aftermath of a tragedy, things are going to seem like they’re coming at you at a million miles per hour. Take some time to stop and review all of the details that you have collected. This will help you understand what steps you might need to take next to get your business back up and running as quickly as possible.