Disaster Prevention usually refers to planning and preparations specifically for certain types of disasters, as well as training, and often the purchase and installation of building features or equipment that can help prevent flooding, fires, mold and more.
Disaster Recovery refers to many different actions that you will take after a disaster, whether natural or manmade. Who to contact, what services are vital to your business reopening, and insurance claims and documentation are all part of the recovery process.
If you care about protecting your property, both are worth your time and your financial investment. Usually the question becomes one of priority; costs of prevention, time involved in training, how will I recover once it happens, or ideally a combination of both.
They Are Most Likely Equally Valuable
￼To maximize your protection from financial and health risks it would be difficult to break down exactly which is preferred, but if one needs to be prioritized, it is usually prevention for the following reasons:
Prevention can save lives and property. Depending on the nature of the emergency and the threats you face, proper disaster prevention can actually prevent the loss of human life, such as in a situation where you will need emergency medication, supplies like food and water. Basic internal preparedness communications go a long way toward protecting life as well as your commercial property. Being able to stay open, or quickly re-open may be the key factor that determines if your business survives.
Much of prevention also involves effective recovery, as there are very good reasons for constant communication with emergency services. This communication can be the difference between a prolonged and very expensive recovery period and a fast return to being open for business. For the best chances at full recovery, you should have repair and damage mitigation services already on record so that you can contact them as soon as possible. Plans involving disconnecting or protecting equipment and appliances also drastically reduce your recovery costs.
Proper prevention can happen on an extended timescale. From training, to installation of safety features, such as water drainage and fire alarms, to reinforcing windows and more, you can carry out prevention throughout the year, and scale your costs accordingly. Prevention is much easier to budget for when you perform it in stages, often with years of preparation actually all coming into action when a disaster happens.
While prevention will be vital, proper response can be just as important in many ways. You must keep in mind your financial consideration and the potential impact on your business and building. The speed and thoroughness of your recovery period may determine if you are faced with tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in recovery costs, particularly when you’re dealing with a commercial property. A business property, depending on customers, sales and profit can’t afford to delay the efficient involvement of a trusted disaster recovery company.
Just having key contacts for contractors and repair technicians, is vital in your recovery. The less time that you need contacting and vetting contractors after a disaster has taken place, the sooner you’ll be able to prevent some of the more extensive damage that occurs after a disaster, such as mold growth, further damage to a building’s foundation, and more. Reset Restoration your preferred recovery contractor for Oklahoma has a valuable PREP (Priority Response Emergency Plan) ready for you. Call today!
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