Preparing for a hurricane might seem like the most important aspect when it comes to ensuring the safety of you, your employees and your business, however there’s a lot more that goes into life safety and overall business continuity. Prepping for a hurricane is only the tip of the iceberg. Once the hurricane has passed, towns are often left with downed power lines, flooding, structural damage to buildings, and much more. In a stressful time such as this, having business continuity software can significantly mitigate additional damage, as well as keep you and your employees safe.
Since Hurricane Harvey made landfall, it has brought extreme flooding to Houston and other areas of Southern Texas. Many buildings and homes are submerged. In Houston there have been more than 1,000 calls for rescues. Rescues are being made by both boat and helicopter and there have been at least 3 deaths as a result of Harvey.
While there is a plethora of helpful information out there for individuals, there is a lack of information for businesses. Here are a few benefits of having business continuity software that can mitigate stress and additional damage after a hurricane for your company:
- Emergency Notification Systems – The aftermath of a hurricane is chaotic to say the least. With employees being scattered in every direction, some having evacuated, while others opted to ride out the storm, it’s difficult to know where your employees are and if they are safe. Some business continuity software programs, such as the one offered by Preparis include an emergency notification and incident management system that allows you to send email, text and voice notifications to all employees before, during or after an emergency.
- Training – Having employees that are trained to respond properly to incidents is a crucial part of life safety. Having trained employees is a major part of disaster recovery. When employees lack proper training, they are left unaware of how they should handle situations, which often leads to human error and additional damage. In addition, training your employees can benefit them outside of the office, as well as their families or whoever is with them after the storm. When you implement Preparis’ business continuity software, you and your employees gain access to a wide array of trainings such as: webinars, checklists, tabletop exercises and online training.
- Plan Management – Business Continuity Plans (BCPs) and Emergency Action Plans (EAPs) won’t do your business much good if they are outdated. Just like everything else in life, you must maintain your plans to ensure that they remain compliant with regulations and accurately reflect your business. Preparis provides clients with annual plan maintenance to ensure that your business never slips through the cracks when it comes to business continuity.
- Document Storage – After a hurricane, you need quick access to your BCP, EAP, employee emergency contact information, insurance information, plumber information, water mitigation, and more. By only keeping hard copies of those documents, you run the risk of them getting destroyed during the hurricane. With Preparis, you have the option to upload all of your plans, contact information, and other important documents to the Preparis Portal so that you will have access to it 24/7/365, regardless of your location.