If there’s any lesson the pandemic has taught us, it is that no one can really know what will happen in an emergency situation. The pandemic has cornered most of us inside our homes. Due to the uncanny and unusual circumstances of the virus, most of us who are not in the know felt anxiety and insecurity about our own futures.
For months on end, there was no news about any vaccine or any kind of solution for the virus. There was even no update on when certain restrictions and lockdown periods will be lifted. Most of us were kept in limbo by whoever was in charge.
For continuous months, all the reports were about how bad the virus was. There was no good news – there were only fear-mongering and anxiety-inducing snippets of how people were dying under the infection. Hope diminishes whenever news regarding how a lot of people still disregard the basic protocols are shown on national television and big social media sites.
Even the speed by which the vaccines were developed cast doubts on the vaccines’ efficiency. Transparency on the entire process of production of these controversial vaccines. The national crisis became so huge that international travel had to be restricted for emergencies only. Quarantine periods had to be observed before one can travel quickly around the visited country.
Even as the vaccines are slowly getting rolled out, thousands upon thousands of deaths still mount the statistics board. Around 200 countries around the world are known to still have COVID 19 still lingering within their populace. The outlook is that the virus will still be present in the entire world for a few more years. Even if everyone gets inoculated, herd immunity will not guaranty safety from coronavirus mutations and new strains.
Emergency situations such as natural disasters and man-related catastrophes will inevitably be part of our daily lives from now on. As mankind continues to ravage this poor planet that has provided us with everything we need, the debt that we must pay as a species will come back swinging. As we learn to adapt to the new challenges, so must our business legacies do so too.
Can your business be really prepared for such an event? What you can do is only minimize the known risks. There is no stopping this train.
No one can be fully prepared against any kind of emergency situation. Because of the nature of most catastrophes and natural disasters, they can come at any time and everywhere. Minimizing the risks of damage because of such events is not impossible. Through education, awareness, and ethical practices, you can mitigate the damage expected.
Educating and actually researching regarding the known risks of the area where the physical location of your business lies is integral in minimizing the risks of damage from natural disasters. Survey the area if it is flood-prone and vulnerable when a typhoon hits. Study the bedrock where your business’ building lies. Keeping the business away from fault lines and sloppy areas where land can likely occur will reduce the risks of losing all aspects and elements of your business due to earthquakes and landslides.
With awareness, you can properly train your employees on what to expect when a sudden natural disaster occurs. While most structures have general plans regarding the event, actually preparing for them yourself can be a pain to do – but it is almost always worth it. Training for emergency situations such as fires, flooding, and potential damage to business will ensure your property is well taken care of. It will also save you thousands of dollars, and countless lives too.
Ethics can provide you with the safety net that you did your part in the fight against future man-made disasters. Through ethical practices, most cold chain logistics companies now integrate inverter technology in refrigeration when it comes to sustaining their business models. Inverter technology reapplies the excess heat their machines bring and reuses the same excess energy and feeds the same back. It even provides for cheaper electricity and longer-lasting machinery.
Even packaging companies now default to recyclable materials and other earth-friendly elements in designing their packaging boxes. There are smarter ways to go about mitigating and future-proofing against the eventual consequences of what humanity did.
The reality is that the pandemic has warped our perspective on what’s important and what’s not. People tend to forget how vulnerable we are against Mother Nature. By protecting it and ourselves, we put human life as the superior.