Busi­nesses not ready to cope in emer­gency

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Most of Porirua and Tawa’s thou­sands of small busi­nesses are not pre­pared for a dis­as­ter, the Wellington Re­gion Emer­gency Man­age­ment of­fice says.

Emer­gency Man­age­ment ad­viser Re­becca Jack­son said a cam­paign to tar­get small to medium-sized busi­nesses was un­der way.

It was more than get­ting em­ploy­ers and their staff to have food and wa­ter stored, she said, but about a change in phi­los­o­phy.

‘‘ A work­ing and ef­fec­tive plan should be in place and we’ve pre­pared a re­ally user-friendly check­list for peo­ple to go through,’’ she said. ‘‘Once it’s done, there might be a lit­tle up­dat­ing in the fu­ture, but it’s done.

‘‘There have been a lot of lessons from the Christchurch earth­quakes and one was the im­por­tance of busi­nesses get­ting back on their feet quickly – it’s cru­cial for the com­mu­nity in gen­eral.’’

Jack­son said is­sues such as be­ing able to op­er­ate with­out power, em­ploy­ees be­ing stuck at home and toi­lets not work­ing all had to be con­sid­ered in any emer­gency plan.

Sup­plies, es­sen­tial equip­ment, re­lo­ca­tion op­tions, in­surance, con­tact de­tails and back­ing up records should all be con­sid­ered. Set­ting tasks for man­agers, own­ers and em­ploy­ees was vi­tal, she said.

‘‘ We want to be push­ing busi­nesses to be ask­ing ques­tions of them­selves and think­ing about what they need to do in case some­thing ma­jor hap­pens. We’re not just talk­ing about earth­quakes ei­ther — floods, storms and ac­ci­dents on the mo­tor­way can all hap­pen.

‘‘There’s a men­tal­ity with many busi­nesses to have a plan in a drawer some­where, but that’s not good enough.’’

Go to get­pre­pared. org. nz/ busi nesses to get your free tem­plate, or to the Porirua iSite, coun­cil build­ing in Ha­gley St or Porirua Li­brary for copies of the ‘‘It’s Easy’’ business edi­tion book­let.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.