Things to Consider About Disaster Recovery at Your Business | SERVPRO® Tri-County
There are a lot of decisions that business owners have to make throughout their daily operations, but it is important think about the future, too—especially when it comes to devastating events that are out of your control. Many businesses that face disasters do not recover from their impact, but those who plan ahead tend to fair better in the aftermath.
The safety of your staff is of the utmost importance in the event of a disaster, so you should always first consider your evacuation and emergency procedures in your planning. Once you are confident this is complete, it is time to begin thinking through recovery measures that can help you get your doors reopened quickly.
Planning Out Your Disaster Recovery as a Business Owner
File an insurance claim and begin restoration. There is plenty of variety in commercial insurance coverage, so contacting your insurance company is the only way to know for certain what you will be eligible to claim. After you do this, making sure you contact your restoration company quickly so they can begin getting a response crew together to handle your damage.
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.
Make use of the financial assistance that is offered. Even if you can claim your damages with your insurance provider, there can be many costs that are not covered such as loss of income and excess damages. The disaster loan program through the Small Business Administration is designed to help with this, so see if you qualify for funding options through them to help cover some of these extra expenses.
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.