Know the Right Steps to Take if Your Business Is Impacted by Disaster | SERVPRO® of SERVPRO® of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from the COVID-19 pandemic? For most of us, it’s the unpredictability that life can throw at us. After all, none of us could’ve seen something like this coming.
This point has hit home especially hard for business owners. Business owners have had to change the way they work during this difficult time.
Though pandemics aren’t usually part of a business owner’s disaster plans, most of them include dealing with disasters like fires or floods. Many business owners already have a disaster plan to deal with these.
Having the plans ready and needing to use them aren’t the same, though.
We work with business owners all the time, so we know what it takes to get your business up and running again. Here’s some of the best advice we can give business owners facing a restoration scenario.
Steps to Prepare Your Business to Open Again
Here’s what you should do if a disaster impacts your business:
Implement your plans. Don’t forget your disaster plans when dealing with a disaster. It sounds simple, but a disaster can be jarring, so it’s a good reminder. For some businesses, that may include moving to a backup location.
Work with your employees. You can take steps to help your employees deal with any work interruptions by taking advantage of resources available through the Small Business Administration (SBA).
Work closely with your insurer. Be sure to take photographs of the damage and take inventory of everything that was damaged. If your insurer asks for documents, provide them as quickly as you can. You’ll want to work to keep this process running smoothly.
Communicate regularly. Get in touch with your suppliers, your employees, your customers and your community. Social media or an email list can help you do this effectively. But sometimes a phone call is the best option.
Work with the right partners. Choose competent professionals to work on your restoration process and repair any of the damage. It will make opening up again easier.
If a fire, flood or any other cause damages your business, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have crews who are available 24⁄7 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you.