Businesses can do much to prepare for the impact of the many hazards they face in today’s world including natural hazards like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and epidemics and pandemics. Human-caused hazards include accidents, acts of violence by people and acts of terrorism. Examples of technology-related hazards are the failure or malfunction of systems, equipment or software.
The South Florida counties all have a public-private partnership program which bridges the gap between government and the private sector. These programs goals include:
- Sharing information across disciplines prior to and after an emergency and/or disaster.
- Assisting in preparing business for disasters through training and exercises.
- Sharing and donating resources with government partners and between businesses.
The links to these programs are:
During a disaster the business community is represented in the County Emergency Operations Center as Emergency Support Function (ESF) 18 (Business & Industry). This ESF is responsible for:
- Timely sharing of information with the business community during an emergency. This can include:
- Road closures
- Service restoration for water and sewer
- Reversal of drawbridge lockdown procedures
- Airport and Port of Miami operating status
- Status of public transportation
- Serving as the planning partner with the Office of Emergency Management in business resumption planning.
- Acting as the business community’s advocate in the County EOC.
Businesses should be prepared prior to a disaster to gain access to their facilities. Essential Employees will need proper documentation and identification to report to work when curfews are imposed or when their work locations are in an area that is under an evacuation order. Businesses should provide the following to their essential employees:
- Photo identification, preferably a photo identification issued by your business.
- A letter (on your business letterhead) stating that the employee is essential and included in that letter a 24-hour phone # to verify their identity and whether or not they are essential.
For examples please visit: http://www.floridadisaster.org/PublicPrivateSector/reentry_information.html