Disaster Preparedness Audit
It 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.
|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.
Source: FEMA Business Protection Toolkit