Protecting your business during a civil disturbance
IN PART ONE OF THIS SERIES, we reviewed the importance of developing an emergency action plan for a natural disaster. In part two, we will review emergency planning for a civil disturbance. In today's business environment, civil disturbances or civil unrest are a fact of life.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), civil disturbance is “a civil unrest activity such as a demonstration, riot, or strike that disrupts a community and requires intervention to maintain public safety.” Civil disturbances, or unrest, can cause a variety of subsequent issues such as violence and assault, disorderly conduct, or vandalism. Civil disturbances are potential risks for most businesses but even more of a risk for high value businesses because they are usually the first to be targeted by looters.
Ask yourself the following questions:
Original article: NPA Fall 2015
Being prepared could save your business
A natural disaster can strike no matter where you live in the U.S. You have hurricanes on the east coast, earthquakes on the west coast, and tornadoes in the middle. In this two-part series, we look at the importance of developing an emergency plan and the basic steps to take in either a natural or human-created emergency.
So, why is it so important to have a well developed emergency action plan? According to studies conducted by the Gartner Group in recent years, 60 percent of businesses are unprepared for disasters and emergencies, and 40 percent of companies that experience a disaster go out of business within five years (EmergencyPlan.com). Without a well-defined emergency plan, your company will likely struggle or fail to remain in business after an emergency.
The purpose of an emergency plan is to organize actions during an emergency. A well-developed workplace emergency strategy and proper employee training may result in fewer injuries to employees and customers and less structural damage to business.
The following three sections should be included in your plan:
Original article: NPA Summer 2015