How to Prepare Your Business for an Emergency

Successful businesses pride themselves in the productivity and success their operations are able to achieve. Hiccups in everyday office activities happen but unplanned disasters, if not properly planned for, can interrupt operations indefinitely.

To prevent a total loss, businesses must plan and prepare in advance. This should include training, technology back-ups and other preparations to keep operations going after the fact.

Here are some ways you can prepare your business for an emergency.

Disaster Recovery

One of the most important things a business should do is have a disaster recovery and business recovery plan that specifically details the processes that will be taken if an emergency occurs. These steps should focus on getting a workplace back to its everyday functions as quickly as possible. Everything from a remote location you can utilize while yours is recovered, to a point person who will be in charge in these situations, should be considered.

First Aid Kit

Some emergencies will require medical attention for people in your workplace. In this situation, it is critical to have first aid kits on hand stocked with supplies like OTC medicines, absorbent compresses, bandages, antiseptic, adhesive tape, burn treatment, medical exam gloves, sterile pads, and more. All of these will help with wound care and can be vital in a life threatening circumstance.

In the state of California, there are even strict rules about where a first aid kit should be located, what’s stocked inside and other requirements, depending on the type of business.


In addition to having a plan and first aid supplies on hand, it’s also important that your staff is trained in properly handling emergency situations. When chaos sets in, having a plan of action in place that’s already been practiced before is the best way to ensure that proper attention is given and that the situation is diffused as quickly as possible. To add to this, there are also compliance guidelines enforced by OSHA that come with costly fines if regulations are not met.

SoCal First Aid® offers Southern California businesses and individuals a variety of services to help them prepare for natural disasters and other types of emergencies. We also offer first aid training to teach you how to deal with common medical emergencies, CPR classes, and training on OSHA requirements.

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