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Business and Facilities

Risky Business – Can You Afford An Emergency?

Emergencies, whether they be a natural disaster or any number of unforeseen circumstances can lead to injury, loss of income or even the loss of life. Emergencies can affect any business. However, improvising or adapting to circumstances at the last minute is not wise, nor safe, and often impacts how the business will recover. ”Small business owners feel the consequences and exposure to a disaster far more than a large enterprise and multinationals, with a lot more to lose in not being prepared.”

Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) in partnership with Banyule City Council and all other emergency services encourages businesses to build their own preparedness plan (this should be part of any business’ continuity planning). It does not have to be an overly complex plan but it needs to be:

  1. written down,
  2. duplicated and
  3. understood by your staff and key stakeholders.

Key Factors To Consider:

  • Each business needs to look at its risks from a 360 degree perspective, focusing on those that are most likely to affect it, considering individual business location and operation.
  • Consider the effect on your staff, customers, suppliers and operations.
  • Your risks will be varied, and could range from a sudden illness of a key staff member to a robbery, flood, bushfire, electrical fire, data loss or heat stress. 
  • Identify what emergencies could happen in your area.
  • Check what your insurance covers.
  • Keep a list of emergency numbers and staff contacts.
  • Prepare and practice your business continuity plan for your business.
  • Keep an emergency kit on your premises.
  • Get to know your neighbouring businesses.

For more information aimed at business and emergencies visit the Emergency Resource Portal.

Other Helpful Information

Other helpful information to assist businesses in preparing for emergencies can be found on the following websites include:

General Emergency Planning (All Emergencies)  

Bushfire Planning

 Flood Planning