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Be Prepared – Disaster Planning

Article | October 2018

Be Prepared - Disaster Planning

Disaster planning can help a company's survival after a major disaster hits.

Planning for a Disaster

A large percentage of businesses don't survive the first year after a major disaster, largely because they weren't ready with a recovery plan that they could put into place quickly. Disaster planning (and business continuity planning in general) can stack the odds in favor of a company's survival. Following are just a few of the key issues you should plan for before you are faced with a disaster.

Who's in charge?

  • Form a disaster management team.
  • Who should be on the team?

Do a vulnerability assessment

  • Likelihood of various natural and manmade disasters
  • Impact of various disasters

Create a plan

  • Business continuity
  • Needs of employees
  • Disaster-related policies

Communicating with employees and responding to their needs after a disaster

  • Message from senior management
  • Informational meetings
  • Coping with the intense reactions of vulnerable employees
  • Performance management strategies
  • Company response to the larger community

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) disaster services available

  • Education and support—pre-critical event
  • Critical incident response—immediately following critical event
  • After-care services—ongoing support

Cigna can help

If you have EAP coverage through Cigna, we are available by phone at (877) 622-4327 any time to help you understand what services are available to support you during this time.

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