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Mitigation is “the process or result of making something less severe, dangerous, painful, harsh, or damaging,” according to Merriam-Webster. Mitigation extends to every aspect of emergency preparedness, but non-structural hazard mitigation is also a key factor to consider when making sure your business is prepared.

Anchor heavy furniture, and secure appliances and office equipment to a wall. Install hurricane and storm shutters if you are located in an area where those natural disasters and weather patterns are common. Install child-type latches on cabinet doors to keep them from flying open when agitated.

Locate and label gas and electricity and water shutoffs, and attach directions on how to shut off the gas, electricity, and water. Additionally, label where the tools needed to turn these utilities off are located. Secure water heaters and have flexible gas lines installed.

Preparedness and training will help minimize injuries and save lives. If you have qualified people on staff, then you have people that will know what to do in an emergency situation.

Do you want to maximize emergency preparedness for your business? BERT can assist you in developing a uniquely tailored plan for this purpose. Contact us today for more information, or to obtain a free consultation.

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