February 9, 2016

Business Preparedness


Emergency Management

Emergency planning is not just a government or personal responsibility. Business and industry facilities must also have preparedness plans to ensure continuity of operations; to mitigate hazards inherent in their operations, location, or structures; and to prevent economic losses. Business emergency plans will discuss the most likely hazards in their community and industry. The following are a few suggestions for items that should be included in any business emergency plan:

  • 24 Hour contact information for management and employees
  • Hazards existing in the workplace
  • Procedures for mitigating or eliminating hazards found in workplace (i.e. chemicals, common practices, etc.)
  • Procedures for responding to a variety of incidents (include natural disasters, hazardous materials, criminal incidents, etc.)
  • Recovery plan to return your business to regular operations
  • List of all insurance policies

Business Ready

businessreadyIn an effort to promote disaster preparedness among the businesses and other organizations in Logan County, the Sterling/Logan Office of Emergency Management has in place a new preparedness campaign entitled Business Ready. Modeled closely after the StormReady © program sponsored by the National Weather Service, this new Business Ready campaign is designed to provide a framework for businesses, schools, and other organizations in our community to become more educated, aware, and prepared in the event of an emergency or disaster.

For more information, or to receive a Business Ready application, contact the Office of Emergency Management at 522-9700.

Business Preparedness Help

Preparedness information and materials may be found by visiting www.ready.gov. Here you will find information regarding home and business preparedness, sample plans, guides and worksheets.

FEMA provides and Emergency Management Guide for Business and Industry with information and guidelines for establishing and maintaining a comprehensive emergency management program. Within the Guide is a step-by-step process for organizing this program:

  1. 4-Step Planning Process
  2. Emergency Management Considerations
  3. Hazard-Specific Information
  4. Information Source

Businesses that already have a plan can use the FEMA Guide to analyze, update, and maintain their current plan. Properly exercising the plan will provide information concerning the complete, appropriate, and effective nature of the current plan.

Contact the Office of Emergency Management to receive further information, or to coordinate with government resources for exercise and testing your plan.