Providing Communications To Responders Who Protect And Save Lives
Learn how to build a foolproof disaster preparedness plan that will help keep your business afloat in an emergency scenario.
Emergencies often occur with little to no warning. A disaster preparedness plan for your business can be crucial for saving lives and critical infrastructure. In addition, having an actionable plan ensures that no matter what happens, your company can sustain essential business operations for days or even weeks.
Today, we’ll walk you through four essential disaster preparedness steps, enabling you to build an emergency response plan that works for your organization.
Disaster preparedness planning takes “what if” scenarios into account and plans for contingencies that keep crucial business functions up and running no matter the circumstances. A vital component of this process is risk assessment.
According to Ready, a national public service campaign designed to educate and empower people to prepare for and mitigate emergencies, the following factors should be considered when implementing your disaster preparedness plan:
Regularly testing, evaluating and reinforcing your plan is necessary to ensure it will support you in a real-world scenario. As pivotal employees join and depart your disaster response team, it’s easy for information to get watered down or lost, creating knowledge and resource gaps.
Implement improvements as needed, and continually test those improvements to make sure they’re effective in sustaining a plan that’s best suited to your company’s needs.
How long would your business be able to survive without connection to the outside world?
In an emergency, you want to ensure that you can send and receive vital information.
However, some situations (natural disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes, terrorist threats and large-scale power outages) can make communications difficult or impossible for extended periods.
Emergency communication tools help mobilize resources during critical situations, enabling key personnel to focus on the most important tasks at hand. These contingencies include off-grid communications and satellite technology solutions.
The tools needed for emergency communications vary by business and by circumstance. However, there are some basic needs that most organizations rely on that can mitigate long periods of business disruption.
Why worry about landlines being dysfunctional when you have cell phones? While cellular phones can sometimes be relied upon during an emergency, what if that emergency took out your local cell towers?
Satellite phones use satellite technology to provide off-grid communications when everything else is offline. Satphones connect to telephone networks and other phones by radio via orbiting satellites, unlike cell phones that use land-based cell sites.
IPA’s RedPHONE maintains an independent phone network without relying on any outside links. It also has redundant power resources, keeping the phone itself operational during power outages.
Most businesses today rely heavily on the internet for their day-to-day business operations. When internet servers and networks go down, it can take your company down with it.
Mobile satellite internet services enable your teams to get up and running again in minutes. Many configurations of satellite internet are available, from VSAT dishes and WiFI hotspot cases to in-motion broadband internet technology.
Can’t choose between cellular and satellite? Thankfully, you don’t need to.
FUSION’s blended cellular and satellite technology offers high speeds and reliable, quality connections from anywhere. FUSION technology switches between satellite and cellular networks seamlessly and fluidly as the presence and quality of available networks fluctuate, guaranteeing you’ll never lose connectivity during a disaster.
Don’t let disaster preparedness be a, “woulda coulda shoulda” situation. If you haven’t thought about how to protect your business and employees during emergencies, the time is now.
If you’re considering implementing emergency communication technology but don’t know where to start, we can help. From turnkey rental solutions to preventative maintenance programs, IP Access is here to serve you.