Stay Open for Business

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How quickly your company can get back to business after a disaster often depends on emergency planning done today. Otter Tail County encourages every business to consider taking the following steps and is available to support your activities.

Plan to Stay in Business

Continuity PlanningIdentify your priority services, lines of succession for all key positions, alternate operating locations, and mission critical systems
Emergency Plans for EmployeesEnsure emergency response procedures are in place, and that all staff have been trained in their emergency roles and responsibilities
Emergency SuppliesIdentify and acquire supplies/services that your business can have available to support staff (e.g. water, food, heat, fresh air, first aid kits, etc.)
Plan to Stay or Go Plan what you will do if your facility is not usable; identify examples of when it may be safe to shelter-in-place and went to evacuate.

Talk to Your People

Practice Your Emergency PlansProvide regularly scheduled education and training; conduct drills on your plans to make sure they work.
Promote Family & Individual PreparednessEncourage your staff to prepare for emergencies at home, at school, and in the community; if families and individuals are prepared, your company is better prepared.
Write a Communications PlanDocument how your organization intends to communicate with staff, local authorities, and customers during a disaster.
Support Employee Health Post-DisasterProvide support to staff for their post-disaster physical and mental needs; both time away from work as well as the return to a regular schedule may be needed.

Protect Your Investment

Review Insurance CoverageCheck with your provider about coverage for physical losses, flood coverage, and business interruption; understand what your policy covers and what it does not.
Prepare for Utility DisruptionPlan for utility outages; identify alternate sources or methods to continue key functions.
Secure Facilities, Buildings, and PlantsInstall fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, and other detectors in appropriate locations. Secure entry/exit points, and mail procedures.
Improve Cyber SecurityUse anti-virus software and firewalls and keep them up to date; ensure password protection to electronic files, and regularly backup your computer data.


Stay Open for Business: Local Stories & Resources (West Central Initiative)
Emergency Management Guide for Business and Industry (FEMA)
Prepare My Business (U.S. Small Business Administration)
Business Emergency Preparedness (MN Department of Public Safety)
Do1Thing – Small Steps Toward Being Prepared for an Emergency

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