What to Do When Disaster Strikes Your Business
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 40% of businesses don’t reopen after a disaster and 25% fail within one year after disaster strikes.
If your business experiences hurricane damage, fire damage, or mold damage, it’s important to have a disaster recovery plan in place to minimize losses. Choosing a reliable disaster recovery consulting service can be one of the best business decisions you make when it comes to planning and recovering from a disaster.
How to Plan for a Disaster to Your Business
When it comes to disaster preparation and emergency recovery, there are a few critical things to do to ensure business operations are restored quickly. Selecting a trusted disaster consulting service, such as EDS, is one of the best ways to minimize losses and protect the long-term health of the business.
There are other important ways to prepare for disaster as well, including:
Develop a Formal Disaster Plan
This document is sometimes referred to as a “Disaster Recovery Plan,” or “Business Continuity Plan.” A formal disaster plan outlines how a business will respond and recover from a disaster. Whether it’s hurricane damage, fire damage, mold damage, or other, a formal Disaster Recovery Plan makes sure all employees know exactly what to do when disaster strikes and helps to ensure a swift recovery.
An experienced disaster consulting team like EDS can help prepare this plan making sure no situation is overlooked.
Train Employees for a Disaster
After developing a formal Business Continuity Plan, it’s vital to share the document with employees. This guarantees everyone is aware of their responsibilities. The next step are to train each employee on their responsibilities. If your business experiences fire damage, mold damage, hurricane damage, or more, training employees on their specific duties will allow for quicker recovery.
A qualified disaster consulting service can help when it comes to employee training, working with each person to make disaster recovery a team effort.
Store Important Business Information Off-site
When disaster strikes, there is the possibility that irreparable damage occurs and important company information is lost. This is especially likely when a business experiences fire damage or hurricane damage. To get your business back up and running after a disaster, it’s important to store critical information offsite. Keep copies of insurance policies, inventory lists, banking information, backups of computer systems, employee and client contact information, and any other data that’s critical to reopening business.
A disaster consulting team will work with your business to assess all of the potential information that may be lost during an emergency and help develop a list of things that should be backed up and stored offsite.
Choosing the Best Disaster Recovery Consultants
You never know when a large scale commercial disaster will strike. This is why it’s paramount that all businesses have a trusted team of emergency consultants in their operations. Being prepared for disaster is crucial, but knowing exactly what to do if and when disaster strikes is what makes having an experienced disaster consulting team so important.
The disaster recovery team at EDS goes to great lengths to ensure your business is always protected from potential disasters; our team of certified and trained disaster recovery consultants are ready to handle any emergency situation.
When it comes to being prepared for disaster, EDS has the experience to ensure your business recovery efforts are managed quickly, correctly, and with minimal losses. Our team of trained and certified specialists know exactly what to do and will work with your business on all areas of the business recovery process.
Having a plan in place prior to hurricane season is important, and waiting until hurricane season begins may be too late.
Hurricane damage usually consists of water or flooding damage, which can destroy property, equipment and prevent a business from getting back to work until the physical damage is restored and clean up occurs. EDS has the proper equipment and expertise to provide your business with comprehensive hurricane damage, water damage or flooding damage services. Our specialty is in cleaning and restoring commercial property after a water-related disaster, and we use the latest restoration technologies and procedures to get your business back up-and-running without incurring any long-term losses.
Without a proper commercial water damage cleaning and restoration service provider, such as EDS, your business is at risk of continued water damage caused by a hurricane or flood. Swift cleaning is essential and no business should be without a hurricane damage plan in place before disaster strikes.
The team at EDS has a strict process when it comes to cleaning and restoration when it comes to hurricane damage. The methods include:
- Emergency water removal.
- Air testing and moisture detection.
- Mold identification.
- Mold remediation.
- Carpet cleaning and restoration.
- Stain removal.
Fire damage is especially common during dry summers and can occur more often in areas that typically experience dry summers and minimal rainfall.
Fire damage can be devastating to a business and often lead to delayed disaster recovery. This is why it’s essential to work with a reliable team of fire cleanup and smoke remediation professionals.
Minimizing business downtime as the result of fire damage is crucial. While firefighters will work to stop the fire, the damage caused by the fire doesn’t stop after the flames cease. Smoke can cause additional damage, and the water used to stop the fire can also create additional damage.
The EDS approach to fire damage and damage caused by smoke is customized for each commercial property, based on each business’ unique circumstances. The fire damage restoration process typically involves:
- Inspection of the underlying integrity of the structures for safety.
- Assessment of the areas damaged by water used during the firefighting efforts.
- Remediation of water damage when needed.
- Removal of important items from inside of the building, such as computers, files, data storage devices, products, raw materials, machinery, equipment, etc.
- Performing fire damage restoration, such removal of burned items, assessment of carpets and floor tops and rugs that require removal and treating surfaces affected by smoke and odors.
- Fire cleanup and elimination of odors.
- Deodorization of surfaces to the pre-fire condition.
- Returning of articles and equipment to their original places and resumption of your business operations.
Mold occurs more often during the humid days of summer, and especially during rainy seasons. When the air is humid and rain occurs more often, mold can spread quickly.
Mold damage typically occurs during periods of excessive moisture and can be the result of water damage (which can often be the result of hurricane damage or fire damage). Mold is a fungus that grows rapidly when in areas of moisture and can lead to health issues after prolonged exposure. Mold damage can be devastating to a business because it creates an unhealthy work environment and makes doing business within the building nearly impossible.
It’s important to contact a mold removal service provider immediately after the problem is noticed. EDS knows that mold damage can be a disaster for business offices and has the experience, tools and equipment to quickly address any mold, fungus or spore-growth outbreak.
EDS is a trusted name when it comes to business disaster caused by hurricane damage, fire damage, smoke damage and mold damage. It’s important that you have a disaster consulting team in place before disaster strikes to ensure a swift and effective business recovery plan is in place. EDS is committed to surpassing your expectations when it comes to business disaster and recovery services and will work with you to get your company back-in-business quickly after disaster strikes. We’re available 24/7 and our team of trained and certified disaster recovery specialists is read to help you plan for and deal with, any emergency situations.