A contingency plan is a strategy devised by an individual or organization to prepare themselves or a facility for a future event that may or may not occur. The idea behind a contingency plan is to recognize the possibility of a disastrous event(s) and appropriately arrange the necessary resources needed to accommodate the facility to ensure normalcy is brought back as soon as possible.
As an organization, it is essential to have a contingency plan. If there is ever a crisis, it is in your best interest to have developed and organized a plan to keep your business operating smoothly. During the cold winter months, heating your facility should be one of your top priorities. Whether or not your facility experienced issues with heating in the past, it is advised for your business to expect the unexpected.
When you create a contingency plan, we suggest you focus on three key questions; what are the possible emergencies that will occur? How are you going to respond? What can you do to prepare for it?
- When beginning to organize a contingency plan, be sure to analyze all potential risk factors.
- The next step would be planning on how you would respond to these recognized risks. Each scenario would be unique and would most likely need assistance from a variety of organizations. If you are able to pinpoint each risk in advance, you can then identify a trusted company that has proven to be reliable when it matters most. Having an individual point of contact is strongly recommended to avoid any communication error throughout this process. Remember: this is likely to be an emergency so there is no room for error. Communication is critical!
- To readily prepare yourself for these potential risks, start planning now. It is highly suggested to upgrade any existing equipment or retrofit specific areas that will help increase accessibility or the convenience of your preferred vendor. By making the proper modifications prior to a crisis, you will eliminate downtime and increase productivity.
Are you prepared for the future? Give us a call and start planning today!