“Evaluating specific risks and planning well beforehand for a variety of potential emergencies that could disrupt day-to-day business is critical, no matter how big or small a company may be,” Julie Rochman, president of the Tampa, Florida-based IBHS, said in a statement issued Monday, April 27.
• Determine when to curtail employee travel, domestically and internationally.
• Develop business continuity policies that provide work-at-home options.
• Address sick-leave policies, because people who develop swine flu or those attending to relatives may need to be on leave longer than the policy allows.
• Consider the impact a shutdown of public transportation or the loss of basic utilities would have.
• Determine at what point the organization would need to close its doors.