September is National Preparedness Month. As the wildfires in the west and more recently, Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas, remind us, we all need to be prepared for a variety of emergencies, both at home and at work. Is your office ready for the emergencies that might arise in your area? Remember, "Disasters Don't Plan Ahead, But You Can."
The emergency could be large (fire, flood, storm, etc.) or it could be something smaller that impacts the ability of your firm to operate for a few hours or days (power outage, pipe burst, etc.). SDA has many resources to help you think about and prepare for emergencies. Have you completed a Company Emergency Plan to consider all of the emergencies that might affect your firm in your particular location? Find a template in our Office Administration Forms and Templates toolkit. SDA offered a webinar a while back entitled "Emergency Preparedness for Home and Office" that covers some of the basics for a home and office emergency plan and the items that need to be planned for in advance, as well as ways to help your office practice for them. Is your front desk ready for the office security issues that could arise? SDA also provided a webinar that reviewed the issues to consider as well as ways to help your front desk team be prepared to handle situations in a calm manner. You can find all of these resources in the SDA Store (use keyword search "Emergency").
In addition to the resources offered as a benefit to being a member of SDA, our discussion forum has several conversation threads about topics related to emergency planning. Be sure to join in the conversation or start a new topic to get your particular questions answered by the SDA community.
What does your firm do to prepare for business continuity planning? Share your thoughts and ideas in the comment box below.