A ‘Between Waves’ Planner for Small Businesses

5. Facilities

  • Identify any corrosive, explosive or hazardous materials and prepare a plan for their short- and long-term storage, either at your facility or off-site.
  • If you have valuable inventory or equipment that can be relocated, consider putting procedures in place to secure them safely if your business is temporarily closed.
  • Identify workers according to functional categories so that you can staff operations at appropriate levels as you suspend or reduce business activities.
  • Work with community, regional and state officials, regulatory agencies, public health departments and emergency response teams to coordinate your plans for suspending or closing operations to ensure that your procedures meet regulatory and safety guidance.
  • Ensure that key managers in charge of shutting down or suspending operations have the correct access privileges, keys, codes and permissions.
  • Determine staffing levels and corresponding personnel who need to have access to the site and/or be on-site during a crisis-related closure.
  • If you haven’t instituted a badge I.D. system for staff, institute one now to ensure only authorized personnel have access to your operations. Consider a color-coding system for badges that represent your staffing tiers to control access when suspending or closing operations.
  • If you have a storefront, consider boarding up plate glass windows and doors.
  • Determine what levels of security and monitoring you need to keep your facility safe in an emergency.
  • Go over your facility’s plan with key staff to ensure that all procedures are understood and identify any holes that need to be filled.