Resuming your business as quickly as possible after a natural disaster gives the business a better chance for both short-term survival and long-term success. However, depending on damages, reopening in the same location may not be an option. You might be forced to consider relocating your business, either temporarily during a rebuild or permanently.
If so, you are not alone. Thousands of businesses today are making that move, prompted by recent events. They are quickly reviewing or creating business continuity plans.
Recent Natural Disasters Force Thousands of Businesses to Relocate
In the aftermath of multiple recent hurricanes hitting the U.S, including two massive ones with devastating wind and flood damage, thousands of businesses have been forced to relocate to resume operations. In California, deadly wildfires burning through hundreds of thousands of acres also destroyed thousands of businesses.
How to Get Help for a Business Damaged in a Natural Disaster
If your business was affected by a recent natural disaster, you may be eligible for recovery assistance, including help with the cost of relocating your business. Find out what financial assistance and support is available. (Click the link and scroll down to the section under “Your Business or Farm” for resources.)
Organization & Planning are Key in Relocating Your Business
Good organization and planning are key to any successful business relocation, even after a natural disaster. If you have a business continuity plan before a disaster strikes, a majority of that planning is taken care of. Many businesses do not.
Relocating a business after a natural disaster is challenging, especially without a plan prepared in advance. Consider hiring a commercial relocation management team that can assist you in planning and managing the move, giving you the time to focus on the many other matters you must deal with at this difficult time. If you plan to manage the move in house, these tips on how to plan an office move will help.
Moving IT Equipment in a Business Relocation
If your business is located on an upper floor of a damaged building, you may be able to move your undamaged furnishings and IT equipment to your new location. If so, you need a solid plan for moving your IT equipment.
Relocating IT equipment can be a complex process, so make planning a priority to avoid loss of important data and ensure your IT systems are fully operational in the new location when it opens.
Don’t Forget the Small, Yet Important Things When Relocating a Business
When relocating your business after a natural disaster, it can be easy to forget things that may seem very minor right now, but could significantly impact your business moving forward. Your business’ online presence is one of them. As you work to get operational in your new location, consider these things to remember.
Get Help in Relocating Your Business After a Natural Disaster
The professionals at Chipman Relocation & Logistics understand this is a difficult time for you and are here to help you get through it. Contact Chipman now to discuss how we can assist you in moving your business forward.