Support Key Stakeholders
Recognize Key Relationships with Suppliers, Vendors, Partners, and Customers
Who are your critical suppliers and vendors? What will you do if a supplier cannot provide products or services? Use the tools below to understand just how a disruption to them could pose a risk to your business and figure out how to take the necessary steps to protect yourself ahead of a disaster.
- Preparing for a Supply Chain Disruption (Red Cross)
Alternative Contact Lists
Based on the supply chain assessment above, take a moment to consider which other sources you might need to rely on during a disaster. Pull together an emergency list of these alternative vendors, suppliers, and transportation for products and services. Taking a moment to create this list now will save you so much time and stress later.
Train and Care for Employees
Emergency Response Plan
When a disaster strikes, the sooner your business can respond, the better. Create shelter-in-place and evacuation plans for different types of events and identify the resources you’ll need to respond adequately.
Tip: Who do you want on your disaster planning team? Think about who is best suited to determine needs and priorities. The number of people on your team will likely vary depending on the size of your business.
- Emergency Response Plan (FEMA)
Now you have an emergency response plan in place. But when a disaster strikes, will your employees know how to react? Clarify employee roles and train them on emergency protocol during and after a disaster.
Tip: Consider ways your employees may be struggling after a disaster and make sure to include guidance for supporting their mental health as well.