March 4, 2020
The following article is from the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce.
In January 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of a Coronavirus disease in Hubei Province, China to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
WHO and public health authorities around the world are taking action to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. Everyone in our society – including businesses and employers – must play a role if we are to stop the spread of this disease.
The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce is reminding businesses that with everything that’s currently going on, it’s important, as part of Canada’s business community, to have a pandemic preparedness and crisis plan in place. It will be peace of mind for your business now and for any future situations.
“There are many circumstances that can create chaos in your small business such as injury or sickness, loss of major customers, but often forgotten are pandemic issues or even natural disasters. Critical business situations can lead to financial distress. It’s good for businesses to have continuity plans in place,” says Michael Hind, CEO Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce, “Businesses need to plan their response in advance of an emergency by establishing clear policies for monitoring the situation, commitments businesses will make to employees and budget available for contingencies.”
The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce have gathered some resources that you may find useful to help get your business prepared in case of an emergency.
It is not too late to plan for the effects of a crisis and The Chamber urges all business owners who have not yet done so to give the current situation serious consideration and use the many resources available in their business planning processes.