By Grainger Editorial Staff 3/29/21
Being prepared for disasters means having a plan for how your business responds and recovers. The recovery phase, one of the five missions of emergency preparedness according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), focuses on the timely rebuilding of the area's infrastructure and economy. However, this phase also emphasizes the restoration of a community's health, social, cultural, historic and environmental fabric after an emergency.
Returning businesses back to normal operation plays a role in disaster recovery, particularly for the economic recovery of a community. Recovery begins immediately after the response phase, and also may run concurrently with response efforts. The three phases that occur before response are prevention, protection and mitigation. The FEMA National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) provides guidance and structure to help with recovery efforts and pre- and post-disaster planning.
Here are five takeaways from the NDRF that may help your business plan for the recovery phase after a disaster strikes:
Disaster recovery requires that communities—governments, charitable organizations, the private sector and individuals—pull together. Businesses play a critical role in helping repair the fabric of a community, particularly its economic health after a disaster occurs. Being well-prepared for the recovery phase helps a business return to normal operation and workers to their jobs.
Your business continuity plan and disaster recovery efforts will be unique to your business. As you prepare, note that you may need an IT backup disaster and recovery plan, as well as a business continuity plan that includes pandemic response.
The information contained in this article is intended for general information purposes only and is based on information available as of the initial date of publication. No representation is made that the information or references are complete or remain current. This article is not a substitute for review of current applicable government regulations, industry standards, or other standards specific to your business and/or activities and should not be construed as legal advice or opinion. Readers with specific questions should refer to the applicable standards or consult with an attorney.