Why a Team?
While smaller businesses might only need one person to develop an emergency management and continuity of operations plan, most businesses will benefit from establishing a team for this purpose. The size of this team depends greatly on your business. Forming a team has some key benefits:
- Buy In: More people become invested in the process.
- Resources: Collaboration maximizes time and energy devoted to the effort.
- Visibility: Team efforts increase the visibility and stature of the emergency planning process.
- Perspective: Multiple perspectives ensure that the emergency plan will address all employee roles.
Who should be on the team?
It is important that the team pulls together employees from all functional areas. Most team members will serve primarily in an advisory capacity, but their input will be essential to developing a comprehensive emergency management and continuity of operations plan. Make sure that upper management appoints team members in writing. Some key functional areas to consider when developing the team include:
- Upper and Middle Management
- Human Resources
- Operations and Maintenance
- Finance and Purchasing
- Sales and Marketing
- Public Relations
- Information Technology/Systems
- Safety and Medical Personnel
Be ready. Be willing to help.
Virginia Disaster Relief Fund
How is the money distributed?
Fund proceeds will be distributed to local long-term recovery groups, members of the Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and other non-profit and faith-based organizations as a grant.
Many of these groups work directly with individuals and families following a disaster.
How else can I donate?
The Virginia Disaster Relief Fund benefits projects that include: repair or rebuilding of underinsured dwellings, transportation assistance, replacing essential household items, helping renters establish new rental residence, temporary living expenses while recovering from loss, and more.
How can I donate?
If you want to help, send checks made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia with “Virginia Disaster Relief Fund” noted in the memo line to:
P.O. Box 1971
Richmond, VA 23218-1971