The 10 B. S. A. F. E. Steps For Survival

    1. Formulate a working procedural plan for your business using the American Red Cross brochures, “Preparing your Business for the Unthinkable”, “Emergency Preparedness Checklist” and “Food & Water in an Emergency”, as a guide. Include an evacuation plan, with a floor plan, so that each employee can readily follow should it be necessary to leave if there is a power outage, including a procedure for escorting customers to safety. Show employees how to turn off the gas, electricity and water at the main switches if necessary. Place a wrench near the gas meter for easy access.
    2. Prepare and distribute employee id cards with emergency information and an out of area family member telephone number. Be sure to include special medications, health problems, etc. on the card so that emergency services personnel will know what special precautions must be taken with that employee.
    3. Put copies of business records and computer files in to a safe deposit box in a local financial institution; or place the items in a safe place offsite that is readily accessible.
    4. Encourage your managers and employees to take a basic first aid and CPR course.
    5. Prepare a Disaster Supplies Kit. Remember you must have a minimum of 1 gallon of water per person per day. Remind employees on medications to have at least 3 days supply with them at all times.
    6. Check your smoke detectors and fire extinguishers regularly.
    7. Do a building hazard hunt using the American Red Cross Emergency Preparedness Check list guide. Alert the property manager of any serious issues found.
    8. Get to know your neighboring business owners, because in a disaster or emergency you will be somewhat dependant on each other.
    9. Organize a Business Watch group in your commercial area. The greater number of participants, the greater the opportunity for survival.