I own several buildings in Houston, Texas, which I acquired some 20 years ago so I could operate my company there. I left Texas in 2006, but the buildings stayed. When Hurricane Harvey arrived in August, I watched helplessly in a cabin up North as video streamed in showing rivers in Houston where freeways usually roared. My worst fears were confirmed when I got text messages from tenants indicating the buildings were filling with water.
In the aftermath, employers and businesses of all types and sizes struggle with how to rebound and help their employees. In Houston, there have been many different responses from employers. Many companies did little more than send an “I’m sorry this happened to you” email. Others started to help rescue and rebuild homes. Still others offered zero interest loans to repair or rebuild.
What would your company do?
Some things to consider:
- What are the possible disasters that could affect your business? Fire, flood, computer hacking, theft, employee violence, a lawsuit-- all could kill an otherwise healthy business.
- What are your plans to prevent or respond to each of these disasters? If you are like most employers, perhaps you have done nothing or next to nothing. Do you have a written plan? Do you have individuals assigned specific responsibilities? Good organizations and employers, like good governments, respond well in a crisis. Typically, with a well thought out plan.
How your organization responds to a disaster could be critical to its future survival. If you don’t have a Disaster Preparedness Plan, start working toward one today!
In my case, I flew to Houston as soon as possible and am happy to say that, some three weeks later, all repairs have been made. My problem mostly solved; others, not so much.
Submitted by Steven C. Muth of HRBones.