When you acquire the use of property you seldom think of the long-term history of the location. Did you get an environmental assessment of the site before you acquired the property? Did you check with the organization that oversees the calls for emergency services to see the history of the types of events that have occurred on or near the property? Is your property near a major historical ship battle that occurred but the river on which it was fought no longer exists at that site. Is there a dam holding back billions of gallons of water near your home or business indicating that you have just acquired a valuable piece of the flood plain?
Of course you did not take any of these actions or considered only a few of the pieces of information that is available about your property. If you know where to go to get the answers you can make an informed decision about disasters and emergencies you want to be faced with. You don’t have to hire a consultant to get the answers because you pay taxes to institutions that gather that type of information for you to consider before acquisition. All this information is public information and all you have to do is request it. Getting this type of information can enable you to reduce your exposure to some disasters and emergencies.
Planning allows you to decide what disasters and emergencies you want to face and which ones you can avoid or at least decide the intensity and duration of the events you want to be exposed to. Sounds incredulous but you have to admit you can choose a location that is high in elevation to avoid flooding emergencies which causes the most damage of all disasters in the United States. You can live in the midwest to avoid exposure to hurricanes. It may sound extreme but the same type of planning can be done for most emergencies or disasters.
If you have already chosen a location a consultant can help you mitigate against, prepare for, respond to or recovery from disasters and emergencies. Choose to plan to avoid impacts of negative events (disasters and emergencies) rather than believing in “Acts of God” that cannot be avoided. While you can’t mitigate a hurricane, tornado or disaster caused by someone else, you can limit their effects. So maybe you should think exposure, exposure, exposure when considering location, location, location. Your business is an investment that should continue after the emergency is over.