Business Preparedness


OEMHS promotes the four basic steps to emergency preparedness as being: Staying Informed, Making a Plan, Building a Kit, and Getting Involved. Just as community members can use these steps to better prepare, businesses can also use them with some adjustments:

Stay Informed

Conduct a Risk Assessment and Business Impact Analysis (BIA).  Identify the general hazards that can occur in your area in a Risk Assessment and understand the variables that can affect your ability to reopen after a disaster.  Understand how these risks can affect your important business functions. Also consider how hazards might affect any essential suppliers or important customers. Impacts could include lost sales or income, increased expenses, regulatory fines, customer dissatisfaction, penalties or loss of contractual bonuses, etc. Make efforts to minimize these disruptions now, to save time and costs later.  Some resources to conduct a Risk Assessment and BIA are:
Alert Montgomery logoBusinesses should consider encouraging employees to sign up for Alert Montgomery.  Alert Montgomery is our free emergency notification service for Montgomery County. During a major crisis, emergency or severe weather event, Montgomery County officials can send event updates, warnings and instructions directly to you on any of your devices. If your employees don’t live in Montgomery County, they can still benefit from the service by being notified of situations surrounding their work location by adding their address to their Alert Montgomery profile. You can also request a presentation for your employees on emergency preparedness from one of our staff members.


Make A Plan

Businesses should consider two different aspects of preparedness, one dealing with employee safety, and other dealing with sustaining operations.
For Employee Safety, businesses should have an Emergency Action Plan in place. An Emergency Action Plan establishes guidelines for responding to reasonably foreseeable workplace emergencies. Because each emergency situation involves unique circumstances, guidelines in the templates below provide general guidance.  Be sure to edit the plan based on your organization and/or facility and train your employees on these guidelines so they know what to do. Some examples of Emergency Action Plans include: Thumbnail of the Business Continuity Planning Cover Page

Businesses should also have a Business Continuity Plan that address how the business will continue operations when affected by a disaster. When business operations are interrupted, it can cost money. Lost revenues plus extra expenses equals reduced profits, and insurance policies may not cover all the costs. Check out our Small Business Preparedness Guide to help you with your business continuity plan. Other resources Include:


Build a Kit

Identify records, systems and equipment that are necessary to continue the essential functions in your business.  Securely back up vital records and equipment off-site. A man and a woman gathering supplies into an emergency kitCreate a “go-kit” for your organization and train your employees on emergency procedures to prepare them in case of an emergency or evacuation order at work. Some items that you might want to consider for your “go-kit” include:
  • Backup of critical files on a thumb drive or other media
  • Quick reference card with instructions for shutting down systems before evacuation, if necessary
  • Extra equipment or a quick reference card with a list of equipment to be evacuated
  • Staff contact list
  • Flashlights and extra batteries
  • First aid kits
  • Whistle
  • Dust or filter masks
  • Moist towelettes or hand sanitizer
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Battery powered NOAA radio with extra batteries

Get Involved

Montgomery County has several avenues for businesses to get involved and connect to other local organizations.  No business operates in a vacuum, and connecting to other organizations can help in sharing resources and improving outcomes.A group of people sitting around a square table
Here are some links of potential avenues for Getting Involved:

Be sure to encourage your employees to have family preparedness plans as well.  Visit our resource library for items that you can print or request for distribution to your employees.

More information on business preparedness: