5 Things We Learned about Emergency Preparedness and Recovery for Small Business: Lessons From Hurricane MatthewRead Now
What comes to mind when you hear "disaster preparedness"? Normally we think of having a supply of clothing, food, water, medicine, cash and important papers ready to go in an emergency. We might also think about having a plan for pets and the evacuation routes.
How we would respond and what we would need depends a great deal on the type of emergency and how much time we have to get ready.
I never really thought much about preparing our small business for a disaster until Hurricane Matthew hit South Carolina while Jerry was recovering from knee surgery.
He was discharged at noon on Wednesday and we evacuated immediately from the hospital to friends living in the North Western part of South Carolina. What should have been a five hour drive took a grueling eight hours because we had to use the detour routes set up for evacuation and traffic flow.
We left without time to think or plan for an evacuation. We did not know what would happen to our home or business.
This experience taught us some lessons about emergency preparedness for small business.