Let’s face it: owning a business is hard work. As a business owner, you are likely juggling about a hundred things at once, and sometimes it’s tough to think ahead and consider major “what-if’s” that might affect your business. Time after time, we’ve seen unsuspecting business owners caught off-guard in the event of emergencies like natural disasters, putting the health and safety of their employees and livelihood in danger.
Here at ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons, we know how important the safety of your employees is, and that’s why we recommend assembling a simple yet effective emergency kit to keep on-site at your business. It might sound like a daunting task, but we spoke to David Scott, a founder of the online emergency supplies store lifesecure.com, to get his list of essential items you’ll want to make sure you include in your kit.
With these items, your business’ emergency preparedness kit should be relatively complete, but we recommend you also think ahead and add other items specific to your business/employees that you could envision needing in the event of an emergency. After all, nobody knows your business and employees better than you do!
After you create your kit, make sure you store the various components of it in easy-to-access places, as closely together as possible. If an emergency occurs, you and your employees will need to snap into survival mode quickly, and an inability to locate your emergency kit could serve as an obstacle. Additionally, make sure you continue to check expiration dates and battery power. Be sure to replace items in your kit as needed.
Finally, an emergency preparedness kit is only as good as the instructions your employees have for finding and using it if disaster strikes. We recommend scheduling a meeting to go over the kit with your employees, including its storage location and its contents. This is also a good time to bring any emergency preparedness plans (like evacuation routes, contact information, meeting places, tornado/hurricane shelter locations, etc.) to the table for discussion.
David co-founded LifeSecure in 2005, just a few months before Hurricane Katrina taught everyone that one can go hungry and thirsty in America and even die before help arrives. For over a decade David has focused on developing and discovering superior emergency and disaster survival solutions – kits and supplies. He has trained community groups in emergency preparedness, helped non-profit organizations prepare emergency kits for needy individuals, conducted community emergency response exercises, and developed emergency plans for non-profit organizations. David makes an ongoing study of how best to prepare for and respond to various natural and man-made disasters, and his mission has been to help others “live Life SECURE” every day by preparing for what may come someday. Learn more about David.