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Prepare your business for an earthquake or other disaster

Planning for business interruptions, emergencies, and disasters is a crucial aspect of running a business.

A plan can help you and your employees:

  • Respond and stay safe during an emergency
  • Avoid or minimize downtime in the event of a disaster or emergency
  • Recover full operations quickly

Business continuity plan

The ability to respond quickly to disruptive incidents is important. Having a business continuity plan could make the difference in the long-term to the survival of your organization.

A business continuity plan should include:

  • A business impact assessment
  • Steps to reduce exposure to identified risks and hazards that could cause:
    • Business closure
    • Mitigation guidelines
    • Recovery plans

Steps to creating a business continuity plan

Every business has unique characteristics, such as customers, supply chains, products, services, and  physical assets that must be addressed in their plan.

By taking a few simple steps, you can prepare your business or organization to continue business operation, and recover quickly after a disaster.

1. Develop an emergency preparedness plan

2. Identify and assess the risks of your business

3. Determine how you can reduce your risk

4. Develop your business continuity plan

5. Test your business continuity plan

Other resources to help you with your business continuity plan

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Emergency safety kits

Emergency safety kit

Did you know there is a 1 in 4 chance of a major earthquake in Vancouver within the next 50 years?

Be prepared, by creating emergency safety kits filled with supplies you will need if you are forced to evacuate your home.

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