With the most recent Snowstorm dubbed “SnowJam 2014” by local Atlanta media over, I had some time to reflect on what happened. Many people (including elected officials) were not prepared for the snowstorm. Some people had to sleep in their cars. Some people had to walk home. Some people slept in stores or at their place of business. Children were stuck at school and freezing on school buses. I personally was okay. I was fortunate enough to get home before all of the mayhem started. My family was okay because they just didn’t go out. However, that led me to wonder about my online friends. Is your business prepared for an emergency situation? Here are some things to think about to make sure your business can still run in case you wind up getting stranded somewhere.
Do You Have A Car Charger?
Your cell phone can become a lifeline in a crisis situation. Make sure you have a car charger in your car so you can contact loved ones and roadside assistance if you get in an accident.
Do You Have Blankets And Comfortable Shoes In Your Car?
Make sure you have some blankets and comfortable shoes in your car. The last thing you want is to have to hike somewhere in high heels. The blankets don’t have to be anything fancy. You just need something to keep you warm if you wind up having to sleep in your car.
Do You Have Enough Baby Supplies In Your Car?
If you are a parent, you need to have supplies for your kid. You need a pack of diapers and wipes. You need the formula that you don’t have to mix. You also need a change of clothes. I know you may have some of these things in your diaper bag already. However, you may need more than the amount you would put in your diaper bag in case you get stuck in your car for an undetermined amount of time.
Keep Some Nonperishable Food In Your Car.
Be sure to keep things like water, beef jerky, trail mix, and energy bars in your car. Stay away from things with chocolate because if the weather gets hot that can melt. The last thing you want is to be worrying about starving if you can’t leave your car.
Does At Least One Person Know Where You Are?
You need to make sure that at least one person knows where you are. It can be your spouse, your sister, best friend, whatever. You need to have one person that you can call on if you can’t get home for some reason. Someone needs to be able to contact authorities if your phone dies.
Make Sure You Have Phone Numbers For All Clients
I know we do a lot via email and social media, but in an emergency situation you may not have access to the Internet. All you may have is your phone. Be sure you have a phone number so you can contact your clients in case an emergency will cause you to miss a deadline.
Make Sure Your Assistant Can Post To Social Media On Your Behalf
You want to make sure you have an assistant that can post to your social media account on your behalf. Your friends on social media will hear about the emergency situation that is happening in your state and not know how you are. Make sure you have someone that can at least make a statement that you are alive and well just without Internet access.
Make Sure Your Employees Know What The Procedure Is For Closing Down In The Event Of An Emergency
If you run a brick and mortar business, you need to make sure your employees know the proper procedures for closing the business in case of an emergency. Give your employees some leeway to make some judgement calls. Don’t make them feel like they have to leave someone outside in the middle of a crisis just to keep their jobs. This will just bring bad press to your business.
Hopefully you never get in a situation where you have to use your emergency stash of stuff. It’s just good to have it in place. You don’t want to wait until there is a crisis to start a plan of attack.
What do you do to prepare for an emergency situation? Leave a comment in the comment section below.
This post was partially inspired by this post: http://blog.allstate.com/super-vehicle-emergency-car-kit/
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