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Carvajal also recommends establishing a pre-planned location where employees can work off site if necessary and access records, supplies and equipment, such as a home, hotel or office of a business partner.

Customers, many of whom will probably need your assistance, need to know that you are up and running.

“After an event, it is vitally important to notify key customers that you can provide ‘business as usual,’” he says. “Maintain up-to-date contact information for all customers, key contacts, supplies and vendors. Establish procedures for notifying all contacts regarding status of your business, schedules, deliveries etc.”

It’s also important to consider and evaluate the strength of your suppliers and other partners.

“The ability to resume construction operations, especially in a regional event, often depends on the strength of your supply chain,” Carvajal says. “Identify alternate suppliers not in your same geographic area and establish a relationship. Place occasional orders with alternate suppliers so they identify you as an active customer.”

Experts recommend revisiting your disaster plan on an annual basis to make sure that resources are up to date. The plan should also be shared with employees to make sure they understand what is expected of them in the case of an emergency.