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Get ready - work

Whether you are a large or small business, or a community organisation, you should plan for disruption from a both a large earthquake or small power outage.

Plan ahead

Whether you a large or small business, or a community organisation, you should plan for disruption from all hazards.

There are a range of resources available to support you developing a plan for your business but be sure to include your staff in planning for emergencies so everyone knows what the plan is and you can get your business/organisation back up and running as soon as possible.

Encourage staff to have a household plan, a personal workplace plan, and to keep at work essential items they may need, including sturdy walking shoes, waterproof jacket, torch, snack food and water

Preparing your business

Having an emergency plan is a health and safety requirement.

Business emergency plan template

Things to consider:

  • Identify hazards and what impacts they may have on your business. 
  • Find out if you are in a tsunami or flood zone.
  • Reduce your risks: fix heavy items and keep critical information in ‘the cloud’.
  • Think about where you would assemble, how you would shut off utilities, and whether you have enough emergency supplies for your staff if they are unable to leave.
  • Practice and review your emergency response plan - for all your hazards.

Business continuity - after an event

Knowing what to do after an emergency is important for your business/organisation. 

A business continuity plan will help you respond effectively if an incident or crisis affects your business. It aims to minimise losses and get your business running again quickly.

  • What are your core products and services?
  • What people, equipment and supplies do you rely on? What are your alternate options?
  • How do you contact staff, clients and suppliers?

Business continuity plan template

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