This time of year in Southern California reminds us of the importance of planning for disasters. The recent wildfires this last week have devastated homes and affected thousands of others with planned and unplanned power outages. I’d like to share some thoughts with you to help you prepare both professionally and personally for these types of events.
This is a good time to have a discussion with your team or business unit on what you would do if your building were required to evacuate or experienced a sudden unplanned power outage:
- How do we evacuate?
- What items if any should be taken out of the building?
- How do we communicate to everyone if the power is shut down? Employees, vendors, customers, etc.
- Where should employees go? Do key personnel have the capability to continue business operations (work remotely)
- Do you have backups of your data at home? Are they stored on just an external hard drives or copied to the Cloud? Consider using a good personal grade backup solution like Carbonite for example.
- Are all of your valuables and important documents stored in a fire proof safe?
- Do you have a battery backup or surge protector to safe guard your computer against power outages and surges?
- What items would you take and where would you go if you had to evacuate?
- Safety – make sure all smoke detection equipment is in good order. Ensure your family knows the plan should a sudden disaster occur.