Overview: Disaster recovery and emergency planning are critically important components of a risk management plan. One of the best ways to plan ahead for a natural or manmade disaster is to perform a risk analysis that determines which disasters are likely to affect a particular workplace. For example, a building that is located near the Florida shore will benefit from a detailed hurricane plan, as well as building structures designed to withstand such weather.
There are numerous possible disasters that could hit a workplace; however, it would be unrealistic and a waste of resources to create plans for every possible contingency. Instead, having an overall plan that can be quickly adapted to various situations and individual plans for only those occurrences most likely to happen will best protect the work environment in a cost-effective manner.
Trends: Blame climate change or a natural cycle in the earth's atmosphere, but the weather can be unpredictable and extreme, from earthquakes in the East, tornadoes in the Midwest, blizzards and flooding in the South and record temperatures everywhere. It is therefore increasingly important to have a general disaster recovery plan that can be adapted for various weather events.
Author: Melissa Gonzalez Boyce, JD, Legal Editor
In the aftermath of the devastating April 2013 explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, the city of West sued Adair Grain, Inc., which owned the plant, and CF Industries, which supplied the chemical (ammonium nitrate) that contributed to the explosion.
XpertHR's editors have compiled a list of available resources to help employers manage the myriad of employment challenges that natural disasters such as hurricanes spawn.
An employer may use this policy to reduce risk, protect stakeholder's interest and ensure continuation of services in the midst of a catastrophic event or natural disaster.
Before a crisis occurs, employers should have an emergency preparedness plan and business continuity plan in place. This How To assists employers in keeping a business running after an emergency.
Employment glossary definition of Business Continuity Plan.
Employment glossary definition of Contingency Planning.
Employment glossary definition of Crisis Management.
Employment glossary definition of Disaster Recovery Plan.
Employment glossary definition of Disaster Unemployment Insurance.
HR guidance on recovery planning in the event of natural and manmade disasters.