Disaster Preparedness Audit

HealthcareIt is important that you plan for and consider how your business will survive and recover in the event of a disaster. If you think, “it cannot happen to me,” you are mistaken. More and more Americans are dealing with the effects of weather-related disasters, power outages, cyber-attacks, and more. Any one of these events can be detrimental to a business of any size. 

Where would a disaster leave your business?

An internal audit will help you identify where you might improve your preparedness. Assess your organization by answering “yes” or “no” to the following questions. Your responses will guide you in implementing necessary action plans within your organization.

Question Answer
Do you know what critical operations need to remain continuous in the event of a disaster?
(Key personnel, alternate location/facility, documentation, vital records, etc.)
No  |  Yes
Do you know which assets are most vulnerable to a disaster? No  |  Yes
Do you know how you would safeguard assets and maintain organization operations in the case of an emergency? No  |  Yes
Do you have a disaster plan? No  |  Yes
Is your plan tested and approved by internal leadership and stakeholders? No  |  Yes
Do you or your employees know what to do in the case of a disaster to avoid operational interruptions? No  |  Yes
Is there a disaster team organized? No  |  Yes
Do you know who the team members are and what their roles are? No  |  Yes
Do you have key contacts documented and a plan of communication? No  |  Yes
Do you have a relationship developed with an emergency response vendor who will help you get operations
back up and running quickly, once the disaster has passed?
No  |  Yes

If you answered “No” to any of the questions above, there may be opportunities to improve the preparedness of your business.

Will your company be prepared should disaster strike?

Source: FEMA Business Protection Toolkit