Don’t wait for an emergency to get your business ready

Putting time into planning for emergencies makes good business sense — it helps keep staff safe and minimises downtime. It’s also a legal responsibility.

Being prepared for an emergency or disaster can:

·         save lives and prevent harm

·         help businesses to continue trading through hardship

·         give staff and owners confidence

·         protect equipment and premises

·         quickly get businesses running again.

No one expects you to be able to plan for every kind of emergency. But depending on your industry, you should have a good idea of risks you face at work.

To get started or update your plans, check out the Business.govt.nz website and download Shut Happens, a great resource from Resilient Orgs with simple steps to help your business get through.