DISASTER PLANNING & PREPAREDNESS
Questions to Ask
- What are your critical services and inputs?
- What can only be performed on-site and in person?
- What can be provided remotely (e.g., telephone, videoconference, webinar)?
- What services or operations are not critical and could be suspended or rescheduled for the short-term?
Contact your critical supply chain vendors. Discuss their plans for dealing with potential disruption (e.g., food for meal programs) and consider stocking up on commonly used items (e.g., paper products, hand sanitizer) within reason.
Make a business continuity plan
Be prepared to change your business practices if needed to maintain critical operations (e.g., identify alternative suppliers, prioritize customers, consider digital meetings, or temporarily suspend some of your operations if needed).
Health confidentiality: If an employee is confirmed to have the Coronavirus infection, employers should inform fellow employees of their possible exposure to the Coronavirus in the workplace but maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Employees exposed to a co-worker with confirmed Coronavirus should refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.
Coordinate with state and local health officials
- Coordination with state and local health officials is strongly encouraged for all businesses to ensure timely and accurate information to guide appropriate responses in each location where their operations reside.
- Outbreak intensity may differ according to geographic location. Local health officials will be issuing guidance specific to their communities.
- Employers should take the time to research plans in place in each community where they have a business by contacting their local public health department.