Emergencies and natural disasters

Emergency and natural disaster planning may save you, your employees and your business.

You can’t control natural disasters nor many emergencies, but you can take steps to prepare for them, take appropriate action when they occur, and resume business as quickly as possible.

An emergency plan, also known as a business continuity plan, can limit the impacts of any disruptions and help you return to “business as usual” as soon as possible. The plan will also identify the relevant types and levels of insurance you should have.

An emergency plan sets out the emergency warning systems in your local area, the procedures you will follow in the event of an emergency, and the people and agencies you should alert. It’s also important that you communicate these procedures with your staff.

You should also identify the relevant types and levels of insurance you have or need within your emergency plan.

The time it takes to develop a business continuity plan will depend on the size and complexity of your business.

Preparing your emergency plan

Extreme Weather Event Review

Many business were unprepared for the extreme weather event that took place in South Australia between 28 September and 5 October 2016. This independent review of the emergency management response has highlighted important steps for businesses to take, that may help you to reduce the impact of such an event on your business.

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Emergency templates, guides and checklists

Go to business.gov.au website for templates, guides and checklists to help you prepare for, respond to and recover from emergency situations