Considering Disaster Recovery at Your Business | SERVPRO® of Fallbrook/South Oceanside
Being able to make strategic plans about the future is something that business owners are well aware of the importance of, but many forget to factor in disaster preparations into these plans. It is impossible to know when a disaster will strike, so knowing how to recover from one at your business is the best way to be sure that you are able to endure it and reopen.
Safety considerations are always the first order of importance to protect yourself and your staff in case a disaster strikes during the workday. Once you have these plans completed, you can begin to think about the steps to recovery so you can reduce the time you must remain closed as much as possible.
Recovery Tips for Businesses After a Disaster
Seek guidance from your insurance company. Every commercial policy varies on what is covered in what scenarios, so it is best to check with your insurance company as quickly as possible after sustaining damage to see if you are able to file a claim. From there, reaching out to your commercial restoration provider is key to ensuring you are getting your damage handled rapidly to prevent secondary issues from arising.
Update your customers on your operations. Depending on the disaster your business is impacted by, you may have to make changes to your operating structure while restoration is occurring. If this is the case, updating your customers is key to getting their support, either in the interim or when you reopen. Whether you are doing gift cards, takeout or limited hours, social media makes it easy to keep your customers in the loop.
Look into disaster loans and financial assistance. If you have to close your doors for restoration after a disaster, lost revenue can be devastating if it is not covered by your insurance. The Small Business Administration has introduced loans to assist with lost revenue as well as recovery costs, so it is wise to see if you qualify and apply for assistance if so.
If your business has been damaged due to a disaster, we’re here to help. Contact us at any hour to report your damage or to learn more about our commercial restoration services.