A massive wildfire in Utah began likely due to a weed torch (often used by gardeners to kill weeds with heat) on Saturday, June 17th. After five days, firefighters have struggled to get the blaze under control. The fire has spread across 5,000 acres (eight square miles) and shows no sign of slowing down. Urgent evacuations were issued Wednesday, June 21st for Clear Creek, Beaver Dam and Horse Valley. Driven by such strong winds, it is expected that the fire will continue burning for another week or so.

Thankfully, the structures in Brian Head seem to be looking good, the fire is burning more towards the north, however, many business owners in the resort town are concerned about how much longer they will have to cancel tours and room reservations. The fire is putting a major strain on businesses.

Any area surrounded by a forest can be susceptible to a wildfire, which is why being prepared should always be checked off on your list of things to do. Due to how unpredictable a wildfire and other natural disasters are, waiting until one occurs to formulate a plan is not in the best interest of you, your business or your employees.

 

 Staying Prepared

While a wildfire is completely out of the control of business owners, you still do have some control: whether or not you are prepared for one. By implementing an Emergency Action Plan (EAP), you will be able to determine how efficiently your business is able to respond to the wildfire and mitigate as much damage and disruption as possible.

The best way to do this is to use the All-Hazards Approach. Since there is such a wide array of incidents that could occur, using this approach ensures that any possible incident is covered because it focuses on the loss rather than the incident itself.

The All-Hazards Approach covers the following:

  • Loss of facility
  • Loss or failure of information technology
  • Reduced workforce
  • A reputational event

However, there’s more that should be included in your EAP to ensure that you are prepared for not only a wildfire, but any emergency situation.

Here are a few things that should be included in your EAP:

  • Emergency notification and incident management system
  • Location of important utility shutoffs
  • Tabletop exercises
  • Training
  • Contact information for employees, local police stations, hospitals and fire departments, insurance and building contractors
  • A Fire Prevention Plan (FPP)

 

How Preparis Can Help

As the leader in business continuity software, Preparis is an all-in-one business continuity solution that has a seasoned team of dedicated specialists who are able to provide you with everything you need in order to be prepared from a minor power outage to a major terrorist attack in one fell swoop. If you need a little extra assistance building a plan, Preparis can help with that too. One of our consultants can assist you by helping you build a customized Business Continuity Plan (BCP), FPP or EAP.

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