No matter what steps you take to protect your company, you will most likely experience at least a few emergencies over the years. Luckily, most business owners can quickly overcome those situations with a little bit of planning and foresight. Here is a look at four of the most common emergency situations that businesses face and some steps that you can take to prepare for them.
A successful cyberattack could cost your business well over $140,000 and tarnish your reputation for years. Strong passwords and reliable anti-malware software will prevent most cybercrimes. You should also update all of your software once a week and limit access to company hardware. New employees need to undergo data security training as well. If a single device on your company’s network becomes infected with malware or ransomware, your entire system could be overrun in a matter of minutes.
You should be prepared to deal with a wide variety of medical emergencies ranging from asthma attacks to strokes. Every office, warehouse, and storefront needs to have multiple first aid kits placed in obvious locations. You should also consider hiring specialist who can teach your staff how to perform CPR. Your staff won’t be able to treat any major medical issues, but they should be able to stabilize someone until emergency responders arrive.
Weather-related emergencies can be devastating, and your company should have a plan in place for any natural events that might occur near your business. All of your employees must have a copy of your evacuation plan so that they know exactly where to go if a tornado strikes or an earthquake damages the building. Once every year or two, you will need to review the emergency evacuation plan and give your employees a refresher course.
Securing your office or warehouse is going to be a complicated process, but it could help you avoid an expensive break-in. Your business will most likely need multiple layers of security including outdoor fences, motion sensor lights, and locks. You might also want to consider having a company like Tele-Plus install a “smart” security system. These systems often combine wireless cameras, electronic locks, and wireless motion sensors. You will receive alerts whenever someone attempts to bypass the system or enter your facility after everyone has gone home.
When it comes to protecting your company, you should always err on the side of caution. You won’t ever be able to mitigate all of your risks, but a little bit of planning will help you avoid long-term problems after disaster strikes.