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Building a Solid Evacuation Plan for Your Mint Hill Business l SERVPRO® of East Mecklenburg/Matthews
Here are some helpful tips we’ve put together to help you build a solid emergency plan. Contact SERVPRO of East Mecklenburg/Matthews to learn more.
Every business needs an evacuation plan in case of a fire or another disaster. In many cases, OSHA requires it and even publishes their own standards to check your emergency plans against.
Plus, it’s a good way to ensure both your employees and your customers are safe if something unexpected happens. (And, considering everything that happened in 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic, planning for the unexpected now certainly seems wise.)
We’ve put together some tips to help you build a solid evacuation and emergency plan if your business should need it. We’ve worked in the disaster restoration and recovery business for years, so our team understands how these processes can work.
Things to Consider
We use the term “emergency” or “evacuation” plan, but it should be more than one plan in reality. Here’s why:
Some disasters require you to shelter in place. In the event of a fire, of course, you’ll want to have the routes out of the building posted and employees trained to help with the process. But in other cases, sheltering in place is the right call. That usually is the best option if a severe storm or tornado has been spotted in the area. So, you’ll want to have a plan in mind that covers all types of disaster scenarios.
Your employees’ roles can change. You’ll want to talk with your employees about head counts, evacuation routes and their role in leading people out. You may also want to establish a set meeting place to ensure that everyone you know is in the building has gotten out. Or if they haven’t, how many people first responders should be looking for inside the building.
Some special equipment may be required. Depending on your business and the type of disaster you’re dealing with, respirators and other equipment may be required.
If your business is damaged due to fire, water or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have crews who are available 24⁄7 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.
Ways That Business Owners Can Better Prepare for Disasters | SERVPRO® of East Mecklenburg/Matthews
SERVPRO of East Mecklenburg/Matthews is your go-to in case a disaster occurs. Get in touch with us to learn more.
For business owners, disasters are more than just an inconvenience—they can interrupt your livelihood and even ruin your chances of continuing operations if they cause damage to your business. While planning for something this dramatic is difficult, it is a must to ensure that you have a good chance of being able to reopen after a disaster occurs.
The key to being able to reopen is to streamline the recovery process, which can be done by planning ahead as much as possible. There are many resources to help you do this, from local government to the Small Business Administration, and it is wise to make use of all the resources that you can.
Preparing for Disasters When You Own a Business
Communicate with your employees. Keeping everyone safe is so important as a business owner, so be sure to have a plan in place for emergencies that is communicated to employees. Things like evacuations, emergency supplies and communication plans are all necessary to think through to make sure you can keep everyone safer and reduce panic in the moment you find out a disaster is imminent.
Check your insurance coverage and upgrade if necessary. You can get insurance to cover nearly anything, but if you just have basic commercial coverage, you may be surprised at what is not covered by your insurance provider. Checking in advance is a good way to ensure you do not run into this unfortunate scenario—things like flooding, income interruption and damage to company vehicles will often need to be covered with additional policies.
Consider who you will use for restoration. Once you start the insurance process, having the damage to your business handled as quickly as possible is key. Damages left unattended can cause even more issues, so be sure you are confident in the company you are choosing to call. Try to find a company that is available 24 hours a day, so you can be certain that they will be there no matter when a disaster occurs.
We are here to be your go-to in case a disaster occurs, so get in touch with us to learn more about how we can help your business with commercial restoration. We are here 24⁄7 to take your call—contact us today.
Faster to Any Size Disaster
SERVPRO of East Mecklenburg / Matthews is here to quickly help get your business back up and running after a disaster. When you need a quick response, call us! We understand there's no such thing as a small emergency when it can negatively impact occupant safety, revenue loss and business continuity.
Timely mitigation is key to minimizing damage, business interruptions and recovery costs. You and those who depend on you will appreciate the rapid response, expertise and training that enables SERVPRO of East Mecklenburg / Matthews to help get your facility back into operation quickly.
We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The sooner we arrive, the better chance we can reduce damage and save money.
If your business in the Mecklenburg or Matthews area suffers a water or fire loss, call us at 704-847-8001.