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A Guide to Hosting Regular Fire Drills for Your Business | SERVPRO® of Flagstaff/East Sedona

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

red fire alarm hanging on gray concrete wall If your business experiences any fire damage, you can count on us. SERVPRO of Flagstaff / East Sedona specializes in commercial fire restoration.

Mitigating your risk levels is an important part of business ownership, but that means being concerned with more than just market downturns. Fires can be difficult for businesses to endure, and for those who have not adequately prepared, they can be devastating.

One of the best ways to bring fire safety to the forefront is by practicing fire evacuations with your on-site staff. Educating everyone on what to do is a great way to foster a sense of community and safety throughout the workplace, and if a fire does start, everyone knowing exactly what to do will reduce panic and ensure employees feel empowered.

Bring Fire Safety to the Forefront for Your Business

Consult with your local fire officials. Your local fire officials are a resource to definitely make use of as you plan out your fire drill process. They can come in and consult you on the best fire evacuation routes from various points of the building and give you fire safety pointers so you can take steps to reduce your overall risk.

Communicate and mark fire evacuation routes. Once the evacuation routes have been decided upon, make sure to put up signs that identify them clearly. Let your staff know about the pathways, and prepare them in advance for the first fire drill so they can familiarize themselves with the routes.

Have fire drills frequently. Having fire drills often—but not so often that they become mundane—is key to solidifying the safety procedures in everyone’s minds. Many businesses schedule drills to take place once every quarter, but you may find that your needs vary depending on your industry and staff size.

Run different fire scenarios. Though we know that fires are statistically likely to break out in the office kitchen or around electrical components, that is not the only possible scenario that would cause employees to need to evacuate. Make sure you have different fire “origins” as part of your drills so you are running different scenarios and preparing for different situations.

If your business has experienced fire damage, you can count on us. We specialize in commercial fire restoration and will be here for you at any hour—contact us today.

A Disaster Preparedness Assessment for Businesses | SERVPRO® of Flagstaff/East Sedona

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

office furniture and supplies submerged under water in an office room To reduce the time that your business is closed is crucial for business. Let SERVPRO of Flagstaff / East Sedona be your commercial restoration company

The risks your business faces can come from a variety of causes, such as market fluctuation, regulation changes or natural disasters. As a business owner, doing what you can to address these risks can make all the difference in the longevity of your business—and when it comes to natural disaster preparedness, we are here to help.

Assessing how prepared you are for a disaster is a simple way to determine where you are covered and where you can strengthen your defenses against an emergency. This will allow you to stay safer and reopen faster than if you were not prepared, which will be helpful for your longevity and livelihood.

Your Commercial Insurance Coverage

Though commercial insurance policies are designed to help business owners, when it comes to disaster scenarios, their coverage is often extremely lacking. Many business owners must add on policies to be covered from the extensive damages a disaster can do—flood insurance coverage, umbrella policies and interruption insurance are quite common and worth inquiring about.

Your Emergency Plan and Supply Kit

In a natural disaster or other emergency scenario, tensions are high and there is often not much time to react. That is why planning ahead is so important to keep you and your employees safe. Make sure you have a plan in place that encompasses a variety of scenarios—there may be orders for a sudden evacuation, or you may be required to remain in the office until help can arrive. Make sure you are ready for either of these scenarios with a plan and adequate emergency supplies.

Your Plan for Restoration and Recovery

The damages sustained during a disaster can cause an interruption in operations that can be devastating—but you can lessen the time recovery takes by planning ahead. Research the disaster loans offered by the Small Business Administration so you will know if you are eligible to apply. It is also wise to get to know the commercial restoration companies that service your area, so you can begin the damage cleanup process as quickly as possible after the danger has subsided.

If your business has been impacted by a disaster, you can contact us 247 for guidance on how to begin the commercial restoration process.

Preparing for Disasters As a Small Business Owner | SERVPRO® of Flagstaff/East Sedona

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

< img src =”preparedness.jpg” alt = “preparedness and readiness sayings in bold lettering with red background ” > Having a disaster plan in place is crucial for any business. SERVPRO of Flagstaff / East Sedona is your full service commercial restoration company.

Understanding the importance of preparedness for natural disasters is important for everyone, but especially so for small business owners. Because their business is their livelihood, a natural disaster can be extremely disruptive to their life as well as their business operations, and can even inhibit them from reopening after a disaster.

The good news is that by planning ahead, small business owners can prepare for recovery from a disaster before it strikes to reduce the time they must be closed. To help with these preparations, here are our top tips for helping small business owners plan ahead for emergencies.

Practicing Preparedness for Small Business Owners

1. Double-Check Your Insurance
There are countless different business insurance policies out there, but knowing exactly what yours covers is key to disaster preparations. It is not uncommon for supplemental insurance to be required for business owners to be fully covered, so talking with your agent in advance is a smart move.

2. Create Your Action Plan
Knowing exactly what to do when a disaster is on the way is important to your safety because of how suddenly they can occur. Be sure to plan both for a scenario where you and your staff must evacuate, as well as one where you are directed to stay put by officials. Stocking the office with emergency and first-aid supplies is also wise so you have everything you need on hand.

3. Rehearse Drills and Prepare Staff
Preparing your staff for emergencies is another measure you can take to ensure everything goes smoothly during an emergency scenario. Educating them on your action plan and scheduling drills to practice in the workplace will help everyone prepare for a variety of scenarios and understand just what to do if a disaster becomes imminent.

4. Choose a Restoration Company to Work With
This is one of the single biggest influencers on how quickly your business can reopen after a disaster. Research restoration companies in the area to determine who is best to work with—look for companies that have a quick response time at all hours as well as extensive experience in the commercial field.

If you need to pick a commercial restoration company that’s right for you, call us today! We can tell you all about what sets our process apart.