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"If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail" – Benjamin Franklin
Many small businesses owners save for years and invest heavily (if not everything) in their business. In addition, many rely upon the income and success of their business to not only feed their families, but to maintain a certain lifestyle. That’s a pretty sobering thought when you consider what’s at stake if you fail to address safety and security issues within your business.   

For larger organizations that occupy space in an office building with existing security, they often believe they don’t need an emergency preparedness plan because, security in their building already have emergency plans in place. While the building in which you occupy space may have emergency plans in place, they do not take into account your individual assets and processes unique to your business, or the circumstances that may directly affect your business. One of the most fundamental methods of protecting an organization’s assets is through emergency preparedness and business continuity planning.

Far too often organizations fail to recognize the importance of emergency preparedness, because they are lured into beliefs such as: "It’s too expensive", "That would never happen here", “That’s what cops are for” or “Insurance will cover that”.
Regardless of the excuses you make to avoid emergency planning, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires all organizations to identify and communicate safety hazards in the workplace; in order to properly protect their employees and customers while complying with standards set forth within OSHA 1910 29CFR. These guidelines require all organizations to implement an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) and Fire Prevention Plan (FPP), along with properly training its employees to deal with safety and security issues in the workplace. If these programs are not in place or training has not been conducted, the organization may face fines, penalties and liability for failing to comply- compromising its bottom line, reputation and sustainability.

FYI
According to the law, organizations have a “duty of care”. Failing to plan exposes business owners, CEO’s and executives to civil and criminal liability.  

Relying on public agencies and insurance providers are not effective plans to deal with emergencies, especially when you consider the demand for their services during a disaster will be much too great.

If your organization relies solely upon public agencies or insurance companies to mitigate liability; help you recover from a crisis or disaster, or you are just unaware of what the standards and regulations are, it’s time to rethink the protection of your assets and resilience and call Jackson Chambers.

Does your staff know how and who to report safety and security issues to?  

Does your staff know when to evacuate, where to go or what to do when emergency officials tell you to shelter in place?

Does your staff know where fire extinguishers are located, how often to check them and who maintains them?
    
Is your staff familiar with what to do when they encounter a suspicious piece of mail?

They will when we’re done!

Just like any security program, plans should be predicated upon by the information gained from an assessment. Therefore, the first priority of developing an emergency preparedness plan will be to conduct an initial assessment of your readiness and compliance. To do this we will perform a walkthrough of your facility identifying and reviewing:
  • Hazards and threats employees face
  • Critical processes and departments  
  • Key roles and positions
  • Current emergency response capabilities, equipment and communication
  • All current emergency preparedness plans and procedures

Upon completion we'll discuss your current strengths and vulnerabilities, along with your current level of compliance with Federal, State and local regulations. Thereafter, we'll then assist you in navigating the complexities of the emergency planning process.                     
Emergency Planning

After an initial assessment Jackson Chambers can assist you in the development of compliant emergency plans that will:
  • Identify specific hazards and threats
  • Delineate various responsibilities
  • Identify vendors and equipment for emergency needs
  • Help establish an Emergency Operations Center  
  • Identify key roles vital to a response
  • Establish emergency notification procedures
  • Provide response checklists for various threats
  • Establish clear emergency response protocols
  • Establish evacuation and shelter in place procedures
  • Include maps and diagrams
  • Identify and establishing relationships with necessary government agencies
  • Training your staff…and more

Business Continuity Planning

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) statistics, 40% of businesses fail to re-open after a disaster, another 25% fail within a year, and 90% fail within 2 years. These statistics demonstrate that because many organizations fail to plan they face difficulty providing goods or services when they are needed most, often losing valuable revenue and becoming victims of the disaster themselves.

Business Continuity Planning is a process that prepares organizations for the potential devastating effects and disruption a natural or manmade disaster may have on their business and the services they provide. A business continuity plan sets out to minimize those effects through proper planning and preparation and allows organizations to continue vital operations and critical functions during a disaster. 


Do you know what you’re going to do when?

  • A hurricane makes landfall knocking out the power
  • A widespread pandemic occurs
  • An earthquake sparks widespread damage

These things may sound farfetched, but according to the statistics above they are very real things that affect your business. Even if the actual incident doesn’t affect your organization the cascading affects might. Imagine the loss when the food in your restaurant spoils, you can’t make sales, vital equipment  fails because your staff doesn’t show up to service it, vendors can’t deliver materials, or your location has been severely damaged?

Call me and let’s talk about it!

Jackson Chambers can assist you in conducting a Business Impact Analysis that will identify the threats that may have an impact on your business and then develop plans to ensure critical processes are not lost, so you can continue to operate with as little disruption as possible.

A few dollars spent planning and preparing now could mean the difference between your organization losing millions in liability and penalties, or remaining profitable and open for business.
FYI
Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity plans are “living” documents that need to be maintained, Thus when your business expands, relocates, there are personnel changes, process changes or when threats changes, so must the plans if they are to be effective. 
 
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