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Emergency Preparedness

A&M Industrial supports our customers with 24/7 Emergency Teams who are ready to respond to any operational emergency.

A recognized leader in supply chain emergency response:

  • 2013 RAPID Technical Conference, FL Panelist "Perspectives of Emergency Preparedness"
  • 2013 Modern Distribution Management "MDM Market Mover" for Disaster Response
  • 2013 Linden Industrial Association "Business & Community Award"
  • 2013 NJ Institute for Supply Management Panel Leader "Lessons learned from Super Storm Sandy"
  • 2013 Featured article in NJ Biz magazine "Building Reputation for Disaster Response, problem solving"
  • 2012 Featured Special Topic in Valve World "Response Team reacts to Super Storm Aftermath"

Helping Small Businesses

Emergency preparedness means being ready for all kinds of emergencies and possessing the capability to respond in time of crisis to save lives, property and to help the community return to a normal life after a disaster occurs. Estimates indicate that up to 40 percent of small businesses never reopen following a disaster. It is essential for small businesses to have an emergency management plan.

To help small businesses prepare for an emergency, we have created a preparedness checklist. By condensing hundreds of pages of resource materials and information into a simple, document, this checklist contains key information and reminders regarding emergency and business continuity planning. This checklist provides a general overview of emergency preparedness information.

Business Recovery Check List

Physical Resources

Inspect building(s) and determine what impact a disaster would have on the facility (building condition can impact on whether or not the business would be able to reopen after an emergency or disaster).

Keep disaster supplies on hand:
  • NOAA weather radio
  • First aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Flashlights & batteries
  • Waterproof plastic bags
  • Pens, pencils & paper
  • Mops and pails
  • Tool kit
  • Generator
  • Emergency lighting
  • Water & food supplies
  • Surge protectors
  • Cell phone
  • Camera
Human Resources
  • Maintain a phone list of key employees and customers and provide copies to key staff members.
  • Develop an emergency contact list.
  • Leave extra keys and alarm code with a trusted employee or friend.
  • Call forward phone line to an accessible phone during the emergency.
  • Locate alternate source of Internet.
  • Connection to access e-mails.
  • List types of emergencies that have occurred in the community or could occur and adjust your plan accordingly.
Business Continuity
  • Review current insurance coverage with agent and insurance carrier
  • Check status of business interruption insurance
  • Keep copies of all important documents off-site including:
    • Employee contact information
    • Supplier contact information
    • Customer lists
    • Back-ups of computer files, including payroll, tax, accounting and production records
    • Inventory lists including computer hardware and software
    • Lease, insurance policies, vehicle titles and current credit report

What To Do After A Disaster

Recovery Steps
  • Contact insurance agent or company
  • Have building inspected
  • Restore electric, gas, telephone, and water
  • Re-establish communications with employees, customers and suppliers
  • Assess Damage
  • Note structural, equipment and property damage including inventory, and materials
  • Avoid additional damage by making temporary repairs in order to continue to conduct business at current facility
  • Secure the building if relocation is necessary
  • Arrange for cleaning of facility
  • Make sure building is safe before reopening or allowing employees to return
  • Use proper safety items in the clean-up process
Financial Implications
  • File business interruption insurance claim
  • Determine lost income
  • List steps required before the business can reopen
  • Consider financial obligations during interruption, including payroll and debt service
  • Gather the following information for insurance adjuster:
    • Sales records and history and loss statements and income tax forms
    • Maintain records of extra expenses incurred (equipment rental/temporary location costs)
Additional Resources
  • Meet with other organizations to find out more about emergency planning:
  • Your state's Office of Emergency Management
  • Your state's Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness
  • FEMA
  • City or municipality
  • Fire department
  • Government agencies
  • Local Police department
  • State Police
  • Utility companies
  • American Red Cross
  • Your state's Commerce Commission