In my post "Are You Ready for Climate Change", I talked about the assurance of change in our businesses. I wish I could say that all change is good, but bad things will happen and we need to be ready to face these challenges.
The American Red Cross is noted for being prepared for any disaster. In fact if you go to their website you'll find a Disaster Safety Library page, listing many types of disasters, everything from earthquakes to hurricanes to tornados to winter storms with links to "Be Red Cross Ready" Safety Checklists.
These checklists contain information about the type of disaster and 3 columns of recommendations:
- How to prepare
- What supplies are needed or actions to take
- What to do when the disaster is over
Just like when natural disasters hit, you should be prepared for business disasters that can destroy your company unless you've prepared in advance.
- Losing a major line
- Losing a key employee
- Losing operational functions (electricity, phone, Internet) because of one of the natural disasters mentioned above.
What will you do if one of these events happen? Do you have a plan in place so you and your employees know exactly what is needed to survive? Use the Red Cross checklists as an example of how to get ready for any disaster that may crop up.
- Plan - figure out what you need in order to be ready in case of disaster
- Prepare - know what you need to do before and how to act during a disaster
- Action - once the disaster has occurred know what to do to recover
Be clear and concise when you write down your plans (one size does not fit all), and make sure everyone in the company knows what is expected of them before, during, and after disaster strikes.
While we all hope disasters don't happen, make sure you're Red Cross ready if they do.