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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