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Prepare for disaster before it hits

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Business owners often learn that they weren’t adequately prepared for floods, hurricanes and other natural disasters. Admins can help disaster-proof the workplace with these tips:

Store basic emergency supplies at the office, including (at a minimum) a first-aid kit, a portable radio, flashlights, blankets, extra food and water. Also keep a weather radio handy. It will alert you when there’s an emergency.

Back up your data and store it off-site. You want it to be accessible, but also far away from your workplace. That goes for digital and paper documents.

Post escape routes. Do employees know where the primary and alternative exits are in your building? Practice evacuating and designate an assembly area away from danger.

Gather information for a business-continuity plan,
especially if you support the leadership team. Ask if such a plan exists. It should identify everything the business needs to keep running (e.g., client information and orders). Make sure you have current contact information for staff, including off-site workers. In the event of a disaster, leadership may choose to reach out to employees via personal e-mail addresses or text messages.

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