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Starting the Disaster Recovery Process as a Business Owner

10/22/2020 (Permalink)

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Making decisions for how you will handle adversities at your business is a key part of building your brand, but have you extended this forward thinking to how you will handle a disaster? Unfortunately, many businesses are impacted by disasters every year, often never recovering from the damage and the economic toll. While it is impossible to predict what will happen, it is possible to plan ahead to be more prepared.

Planning for safety measures is the first step in any sort of disaster consideration, so start by thinking through how you will protect your staff and evacuate if need be. From there, begin thinking through all the things you will have to do to get your doors reopened so you can do so quickly and reduce the disaster’s impact.

Things to Consider About Disaster Recovery at Your Business

Begin the insurance claim and commercial restoration process. Every insurance policy is different, so it is wise to contact your provider right away after damage occurs to see what your coverage extends to and start the process of filing a claim. Once you do this, cleaning up quickly is key. Contact your commercial restoration company right away so they can begin clearing out the debris and treating damage as quickly as possible.

Give customers the chance to show their support. It is impossible to know what type of operation you will be able to maintain after a disaster, but regardless of what you choose to do, letting customers know what your plan is will be key for getting their support. You may be doing takeout only, closed temporarily or operating on shortened hours—using social media to announce these changes will ensure that customers can support you when they are able.

Consider the financial assistance available to you. There are many costs associated with disaster recovery, not all of which will be covered by insurance. The Small Business Administration has a solution to this through their disaster assistance programs that provide loans and other resources for funding.

If your business has been damaged due to a disaster, we’re here to help. Contact us at any hour to report your damage or to learn more about our commercial restoration services.

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