Reopen Your Business’ Doors After a Disaster By Planning Ahead | SERVPRO® of East San Antonio
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For those who own their own business, there are few things more satisfying than seeing your operations succeed through hard work—but if you have not thought about disaster preparations, there is no way to guarantee that this will not be derailed. Disasters can ruin unprepared businesses due to the difficulties associated with recovery, so it is important to do what you can to mitigate your risks.
Keeping yourself and your employees safe is the primary concern for emergency and disaster scenarios, but once you plan for that, it is smart to begin planning for the aftermath. Recovering quickly is one of the best things you can do to ensure the longevity of your business, as reducing your downtime can reduce the overall impact of the disaster.
Plan Ahead to Recover From Disasters at Your Business
Check up on your insurance coverage options and begin restoration. Every commercial insurance policy will vary, but often, damage due to disasters can be covered by your policy. Contact your insurance quickly to make sure you can quickly set the claims process in motion, then reach out to your restoration provider to start the physical recovery. To make things more simple, your restoration company can often handle your dealings with the insurance company as well.
Use social media to get in touch with your customers. For those who have known and loved your business, communication is key so they know what is going on after a disaster. Communicate with your customers about closures or changes to operating hours, and be sure to let them know how they can show their support in the meantime. Offering gift cards or other pre-paid options is a popular choice, as customers can give you sales when you need it the most and redeem their purchases at a later date.
Make use of disaster assistance programs that are offered. After a disaster impacts an area, there are many resources designed to help businesses recover, such as the Small Business Administration’s disaster loan program. These loans can be used to pay off damage repair costs and cover lost income due to the disaster as well, and they are often offered at extremely low interest rates, too.
If your business has been damaged due to a disaster, we’re here to help. Contact us at any hour to report your damage or to learn more about our commercial restoration services.