As many as 52% of businesses say it would take them at least three months to recover from a disaster like an earthquake.1 That’s why having a business continuity plan is essential.
A business continuity plan looks at the potential effect of an earthquake or other disaster on your practice and seeks to ensure the business’s survival and long-term sustainability. It answers questions such as: Who do I need to contact – and when? Who is responsible for each part of the plan? How do I safeguard my important documents, such as employment records and insurance policies? What do I do if structural damage prevents me from working in my facility? How will my practice retain its clients and its reputation?
A business continuity plan for earthquake preparation should include:
- Plans for an alternative facility
- Staff accommodations, including flexible schedules, etc.
- Additional staffing considerations
- Communication with the public and clients
- Supply chain considerations
Not sure where to start? For help creating a business continuity plan for your practice, check out FEMA’s Small Business Continuity Plan Template.
1 Nationwide poll, 2015. https://www.nationwide.com/about-us/083115-small-biz-survey.jsp