How to Prepare at Work

It is just as important for business as it is for households to prepare for emergencies. Recent disasters have shown how devastating emergency events can be to business and local economies. Small business, which are the majority of businesses in Squamish, are especially vulnerable to the impacts of disasters.

Due to it s location and environment, Squamish is particularly susceptible to natural hazards. Squamish frequently has severe weather events and flooding that can impact a business.

Planning ahead can help you recover faster, reducing the likelihood of a large financial loss. The better prepared each of our local businesses are, the stronger the Squamish community will be as a whole. It's about having the right stuff when you need it most.

Hint: Cell service may be limited, text messages may be a more effective. Talk to neighbouring businesses about how you can assist one another. Plan ahead so that you can communicate effectively with employees in the event of an emergency.

Make A Plan
  • Ask yourself what the impact will be to your business if an emergency or disaster occurs.
  • Identify what part of your business you need to protect. Think about what needs to be up and running quickly and what could wait.
  • Make a list of actions needed in the fiĀ­rst minutes and hours after an emergency.
  • Check your insurance policy to ensure important business assets are covered in the event of a disaster.
  • Make sure emergency contact information is posted in your office.
  • Backup critical business data and retain an offsite copy.
  • Review checklists for building safety
  • Develop and train employees on a business Emergency Preparedness Plan, including
  • Business Risk Analysis
  • Crisis Communications plan
  • Evacuation and Shelter-in-Place Plan
  • Aiding employees or customers with special needs
  • Discuss emergency plans with business network partners (suppliers, service providers, etc.)
  • Consider contingency plans in case of utility disruption
  • Encourage employees to develop household emergency plans
For Safety
  • Keep a first aid kit well stocked and consider basic first aid training to employees
  • Maintain fire extinguishers to keep in working order
  • Regularly check smoke detectors batteries
  • Keep a properly stocked emergency kit in the office
  • 4 litres of water per person for one day
  • Wind-up or battery operated AM/FM radio and extra batteries

Hints: Get staff ready. Encourage staff to keep essential items they need to work, including sturdy walking shoes, waterproof jacket, flashlight, snack food and water.