Working in collaboration with the Tillamook Economic Development Council, we’ve developed a thorough Disaster Preparedness Guide for Business. To start thinking about these issues you can review our checklist to get a good overview of the range of a successful plan/response/recovery.

Assign responsibilities. In your crisis management plan, precisely who will do what? Staff changes happen all the time, so review and update these assignments regularly.

Establish employee communication procedures for before, during and after an emergency. Plan for disabled or impaired employees as well.
Provide an “I’m OK” number or message line and ensure you will have a working phone should cell service be disrupted (either via a portable generator or an old-fashioned telephone).

Assemble a communication plan. Know what to tell your customers or clients, the government, immediate neighbors, and suppliers.

Secure your physical assets. Attach cabinets or critical equipment to the wall; store vital records in a fireproof waterproof safe. Remember, plastic storage containers float.

Know and document how to shut off utilities in your place of business. Never attempt to turn them back on yourself.

Plan evacuation routes out of the building and designate a meeting place outside. Practice at least once every six months.

Review your insurance policies. Know what’s covered! If you have rental property, make sure your insurance covers a “loss of use” provision in the event of disaster.

Promote family and individual preparedness. Help your employees plan ahead, too.

Be safe during cleanup. Document your losses. Be sensitive to the needs of your employees and their families.

Keep a basic First Aid kit as well as a supply of emergency items such as candles, flashlights, matches, etc.

Plan for medical concerns. Encourage employees to keep a personal preparedness kit that meets their specific needs.

Build a shelter-in-place kit, considering the number of employees as well as possible clients or customers.

Make a list of primary and backup suppliers. Include the list in your kit in a fireproof, waterproof container.

Make a list of account numbers, policy numbers, employee emergency contact information and other critical numbers, and keep it in your kit and at an off-site location.

Update documents and numbers in your emergency kit once a year.
Ensure your critical business data is secure with off-site backups. Consider using an online backup service; they cost little and are worth every penny if it means your business data is still there after a fire or other disaster.

If you have rental property, provide an emergency preparedness binder and basic supplies and keep them where renters cannot overlook them.

For more information, please visit ready.gov.

You can also download Tillamook County Disaster Preparedness Guide for Business and What Are the Costs.