Indiana Businesses Need to Prepare for Emergencies to Avoid Losses

Well, this “Endless Winter” keeps going strong, and so does Thiele in case of a heating emergency. Our service techs have kept rolling during this brutal season to make repairs to to home and business heating systems throughout the Indianapolis area. We’re here when you need us, 24/7/365. So, even though we’ve had a little break for the last couple of days, it seems appropriate to continue our discussion about emergency preparedness.

In earlier posts we discussed FEMA’s Ready America and Ready Kids programs, but what about businesses? How does Noblesville drycleaner or the retailer in downtown Carmel deal with the effects of an extended emergency? It is as important for a business to prepare for emergencies, and have contingency plans in place, as it is for families. FEMA Ready Business was developed to help businesses with their emergency preparedness and planning.

Preparedness is as Important to Businesses as to Families

Every Indiana business should also have an Emergency Plan in place. It can save lives, company assets and your entire business. How quickly your company can get back to business after a terrorist attack, a tornado, a fire, or a flood often depends on emergency planning done today.

Business owners and management should plan in advance to manage any emergency situation; assess the situation, use common sense and available resources to take care of yourself, your co-workers and your business’s recovery. The Ready Business web site provides an abundance of information about business continuity planning, the steps a business can take, and the costs involved, to account for all hazards (both man-made and natural disasters) as best as possible.

The web site also offers information about how businesses can protect their investment in the event of an emergency, including:

  • Reviewing insurance policies to make sure you have the coverage you need to prevent major financial loss if your business is damaged, destroyed or simply interrupted for a period of time
  • Preparing for a disruption of utilities, such as electricity, gas, telecommunications, sewer and others
  • Steps to take to secure facilities, buildings, plants and equipment
  • How to improve cyber-security

Additionally, the Ready Business Mentoring Initiative is a program designed as a call-to-action for local business leaders, to help owners and managers of small and medium-sized businesses prepare for emergencies. Ready Business Mentoring Initiative can help local business networking groups, like Indy’s Network of Women in Business and Rainmakers, and community leaders such as the the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce,  host and deliver business preparedness workshops and training sessions. These sessions and the Ready Business Mentoring Guides outline how businesses can plan to stay in business; talk to employees; and protect assets.

Thiele Heating & Air Conditioning whole-heartedly supports Ready Business and the entire Ready America program. We want to encourage all of our Indianapolis-area friends, neighbors, and fellow businesses to make preparing for an emergency a priority in 2011. Let’s all be ready to survive, thrive, and get back on our feet quickly.