Tips for planning for an emergency

Emergency management is about successfully adapting to changes in your business environment. Emergency management planning is crucial for the financial wellbeing and longevity of your business. Resilient businesses prepare for possible risks, take appropriate action during emergencies and recover.

The following tips can help you with emergency management planning and recovery in your business.

1. Evaluate your current and potential conditions

Evaluate the business damage and conditions in your business community and environment. Access insurance information you require and document all stages of a recovery plan.

Our Emergency management template and guide can help you assess what you can do now to mitigate the risk to your business.

2. Organise your emergency action plan

Plan how you will evacuate and who to contact in an emergency and update this on a regular basis. Keep this information in an easy to access location for both you and your staff.

3. Ensure that you recover well by planning for your recovery

Some important questions to ask include:

  • what is the impact on my business?
  • who are my recovery contacts?
  • can I make insurance claims?
  • what is the impact on my market and what marketing strategy does my business have to reopen?

Our Prepare your business checklist is a useful tool to help you work through the key tasks in developing an emergency management plan.

4. Backup your data and essential services

In the event of an emergency the ability to restore and maintain "business as usual" is important.

Record contact details that you will need in an emergency. Keep the list offsite and accessible – maybe in the cloud!

Backup your data! Do it regularly, and test you can use it to recover. Keep your backup separate from your computer, off site if possible.

5. Test your management plan

Emergencies don't happen every day.

It's good to come up with a test scenario and run through your emergency management plan to help you familiarise with your plan and to identify any gaps.

6. Need to evaluate? Keep calm and plan now

Plan your evacuation, where you'll go, and what you'll take with you. Plan now; don't wait until an evacuation order has been made to decide what to take.

Pack an evacuation kit for your business now, and keep it packed and ready.

7. Communication is critical

Developing an emergency plan is essential; however the ability to deliver key information at the time of an actual event is as equally important.

8. Empower yourself with various help and support services available

Utilise the Administrative and Support Services Industry Fact Sheet and counselling in your area of business

Refer to the Australian Government's Disaster Assist for further information on the help available.

9. Use the emergency management template

Use the Emergency management template and guide to create your own solid, well-structured plan for your business.

Download our free MyBizShield tablet app to create an emergency management plan on the go.

Read our Tips for managing in an emergency to help your business survive and recover from disaster.

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