contractors — e.g., roofer, plumber,
electrician, disaster restoration company, etc. and keep this in a safe but accessible location.
•;Analyze;possible;threats;to;your;busi-ness — i.e., fire, tornado, hurricane,
earthquake, server crash, data breach,
should respond to each threat.
• Identify specific situations that put
• Create a plan in case a disaster hits
a;wide;variety;of;perils,;have;the;nec-essary training, expertise, equipment
and insurance policies. Vet them in
type of response times they can guarantee if a major disaster occurs.
be far more mobile than their predeces-
consider taking your company mobile:
b. Set up several laptops to access agen-
cy management systems remotely.
cell phone numbers, distribute the
emergency numbers and test the
process before a disaster hits.
sible, gather client cell phone num-
bers and test the system regularly.
According;to;the;Small;Business;Ad-ministration, roughly 40-60% of busi-nesses;never;reopen;following;a;disaster.
factor of a small company’s long-term
Creating a fire-resistant zone around a
building through landscaping can help
protect it from burning vegetation. This
involves dividing the area around the
structure into “zones” and planting the
Zone 1 is the area closest to the building and involves the space from the structure out to about 50 feet. Vegetation in this
area should include small, low-growing
Zone 2 ranges from 30-100 feet from
ground cover that is resistant to fire. When
properly maintained, these plants can help
stop a fire before it reaches a structure.
Zone 3 falls 70-100 feet from the struc-ture;and;is;a;transition;area;where;low
fuel-volume plants and native vegetation
out regularly to prevent becoming fuel for
are the steepness and slope of the area
Sloped areas cause fire to move more
shrubs and trees in this area.
Zone 4 is 100 feet from the structure
and comprises native vegetation. All
plants should be pruned to reduce vol-
ume for wildfires. Avoid creating “lad-
can ignite larger or higher bushes and
also reduce the risk of fire. Fire smart
residues. Plants such as evergreens, juni-pers;and;conifers;have;resins;and;waxes
that can burn intensely. Ornamental grasses and berries are also highly flammable.
Roofs;are;easy;targets;during;a;wild-fire, so non-combustible materials are
trimmed back from the structure, and
dead trees and vines should be removed
completely. Clean leaves out of gutters
from the house.
Exterior walls are susceptible to a
or brick, and cement, plaster or stucco
materials are more heat resistant. While
vinyl, aluminum and steel may not burn,
the high heat from the fire can affect their