Writing a Business Response Plan The last thing you want to think about when establishing a business is what to do in case of an emergency. Whether that emergency is a tornado, flooding, or fire. However, developing a business response plan will help your employees know what to do and allow your business to keep operating after the emergency. So, what is a business response plan and how do you write one? Business Response Plan A business response plan is the first line of defense in case of an emergency. With it, you can establish and implement the correct procedures for a response in case of an incident or emergency. It assigns roles, tasks, and responsibility to help your overall preparation and business resilience. Why Your Business Needs One A business response plan is a must when starting any new business. The major benefit of having one in place is to provide guidance during an emergency. A business emergency plan can also show you places where there might be a hazardous condition that you did not know about. Another benefit is it allows you to see where there might be some hole such as not having the right equipment, not enough trained emergency employees, and a shortage of supplies. In most cases, a business response plan promotes safety, which makes your employees more comfortable. Creating a Business Response Plan Before you start creating a business response plan, you need to get out of the mindset of “it can’t happen” here. Any kind of emergency or commercial damage you can think of, you better plan for. It is better to be safe than sorry. The first step in creating a response plan is taking a risk assessment. While you can never predict a natural disaster, the risk assessment identifies potential credible emergency situations. The very least this assessment can do is to develop a plan to protect employees, visitors, stakeholders, partners, and contractors. The second step is ensuring your response plan covers all emergencies and commercial damages that could affect your workforce, structure, customers, local community, suppliers, stakeholders, and the environment. What to Consider There are many things you want to consider when developing your business response plan. Be sure to address the following items in your plan. Type of emergency Evacuation Casualties Damage to building Loss of important documents Damage to equipment Disruption of work Once you have considered these events, you will want to consider what course of action to take. Declare emergency Sound for emergency Evacuate all or damaged areas Call for outside help Attend to injuries Start rescue plan Fight fire Finally, you want to consider the location and supplies/equipment that is needed. Medical supplies Generator Firefighting supplies Rescue equipment Trained personnel Mobile equipment Protective clothing Chemical or radiation detecting equipment All of these things should be considered and added to your response plan. Adding Professionals to Your Response Plan One thing you may not think about when it comes to planning for an emergency is who to call after. Obviously one of the first people you will call is your insurance company, but they will not be able to fix all the commercial damage. You will need to have professionals take care of any water, flood, or fire damage. That professional should be in your emergency plan, and it should be MD Restoration. For more information about our emergency services contact us here.