Take Action to Prepare Your Business
Preparing for emergencies is important, whether you run a public, private, community or nonprofit organization. It doesn't take a lot of time or money to make a plan and be prepared.
Follow the five steps below to ensure that your organization continues to operate during and after an emergency.
Step 1: Assess the Hazards
New York City is no stranger to emergencies caused by natural and man-made hazards, including fires, severe weather, and telecommunication and transportation disruptions. Consider how these emergencies may affect your ability to do business (e.g., a power outage may your ability to accept credit cards). Tip: decide which hazards are most likely to affect your business and plan for those first.
Learn more about the hazards that affect New York City
Step 2: Plan to Stay in Business
Planning before a disaster will help you return to operations more quickly. Start by taking the following steps:
Step 3: Talk to Your People
Your employees are your business's most valuable asset. It's important to talk to your employees often about what to do before, during, and after an emergency. Set up a call tree, an email alert, or a call-in voice recording to communicate with employees. When creating a plan, consider your employees' special needs. You should also encourage employees to prepare for emergencies at home. Remember: one of the best methods to ensure your company's recovery is to provide for your staff's well-being. Evaluate and revise your processes based on lessons learned.
Step 4: Protect Your Investment
In addition to protecting your employees, it is important to protect your company's physical and virtual assets. Take the following steps:
Step 5: Know How to Respond
Every business should have an emergency action plan. This plan focuses on alerting employees to an emergency or an evacuation, the method for reporting emergencies to local officials, and evacuation plans. Think about how to coordinate with others: meet with other businesses in your building or industrial complex. Plan to conduct evacuation drills and other emergency exercises together. Talk with first responders, emergency managers, community organizations, and utility providers. Plan with your suppliers, shippers, and others you regularly do business with.
Learn how to make an emergency action plan from FDNY
If you must evacuate:
If you have to stay:
New York City provides a number of emergency support services for residents and businesses. These services are spread throughout the five boroughs, and can be located on the NYCity Map