If a natural disaster, freak accident, or unexpected illness were to happen, would you and your office be prepared?
Hurricanes, Floods, Tornadoes, Natural Disasters, Freak Accidents, Unexpected Situations - OH MY!
June 1 marks the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season. However, now, is the perfect time to start thinking about other unexpected situations as well. What can you and your firm do to be prepared? Here are 12 important tips to help you:
- Determine your risk. Secure an insurance check up.
- Develop an evacuation plan.
- Put together a disaster supply kit.
- Develop an emergency contact list of your office staff and of individuals/businesses/entities, etc. that you or your staff contact on a regular basis. Store in a safe location both onsite and offsite.
- Strengthen your office. Make sure your office is in good repair of any physical issues or damages (examples: check trees, windows, doors, roofs, flooring, ceilings, etc. for any physical damages). Move filing systems to a higher location in the event of flooding. Create several backup systems in the event of physical or electronic file damage and do test restores to make sure they fully work. Always have a secured offsite backup in a safe location. Also, develop an inventory of all office contents.
- Complete your disaster plan, go over with all employees in your firm (so they know what to do in the event of a disaster), and store a copy in a safe location onsite and offsite.
- Review resources like Ready.gov, the National Weather Service, the National Hurricane Center and South Carolina Emergency Management Division.
- Download your copy of the South Carolina Hurricane Guide or pick up a copy at any S.C. Welcome Center, Walgreens or coastal DMV offices.
- Check out the Practice Management Assistance Program’s Disaster and Emergency Preparedness web page
- Check out the Practice Management Assistance Program's Lawyers in Transition in a Variety of Situations for resources on how to prepare for freak accidents, unexpected illnesses, or death of a lawyer).
- Request a copy of PREPARE, a free booklet, from the South Carolina Bar's Practice Management Assistance program.
- Remind your colleagues to do the same. It's great to be a good neighbor and lawyer who cares!
Remember, it only takes one event or unexpected situation to change your life and community forever.
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