Identify your potential hazards by completing a business impact analysis (BIA) for your organization. A BIA identifies the ways your business may be vulnerable in disaster.

Identify which of these potential hazards could affect your facilities:

  • Structure Fire/Explosion
  • Wildfire
  • Flood
  • Wind
  • Blizzard
  • Ice and Sleet
  • Tornado
  • Hurricane
  • Earthquake
  • Subsidence
  • Extreme Heat
  • Extreme Cold
  • Hail
  • Terrorism
  • Civil Disturbance
  • Transportation Accident
  • Infrastructure Failure
  • Disease Outbreak
  • Radiological Incident
  • Dam Break
  • Hazardous Materials Release (on or off site)
  • Other:

Determine which of these impacts could affect your business from the hazards above:

Not every hazard has the same impacts. Localized hazards, like floods or structure fires, are unlikely to disrupt the supply chain or overwhelm healthcare systems, but they can have a devastating impact if your business is directly affected. Other hazards, like earthquakes and civil disturbances, may have a severe impact even if your business isn’t directly impacted.

Put together a team of staff members from each area of your business to talk through how hazards might impact your business

Short-term Impacts:

  • Property damage or loss
  • Injuries and loss of life
  • Disruption of law and order
  • Loss of public services and utilities
  • Overwhelmed public safety resources
  • Overwhelmed sanitation and health care systems
  • Disruption of supply chain
  • Loss of communications, business records and transportation
  • Employees unable or unwilling to come to work
  • Loss of business income

Long-term Impacts:

  • Change in community demographics
  • Changes in demand for product/services
  • Changes in business’ economic base due to changes in the community