With the recent catastrophic events in Texas, it is an important reminder to reevaluate the plan you have should disaster strike. Here are some items to consider:

  • Premises: is your office alarm system functioning as it should? Fire extinguishers and sprinklers? Do you use surge protectors and uninterrupted power supplies (UPS)? Do you have fire and waterproof cabinets or vaults? Do you have separate dedicated electrical system?
  • Computers: external hard drives? Offsite secondary servers? Updates malware and virus protection?
  • Client and Business files: Are you files up-to-date and are they backed up? Are your physical files properly stored? Do you have a list of important contacts?
  • Staff: do you have an up-to-date staff directory? A designated meeting spot should an evacuation be necessary? Floor wardens? Does anyone on your team have First Aid and CPR training?
  • Insurance: do you have proper and adequate insurance coverage?

These are just a few items to consider when disaster planning. For more information about disaster planning, visit the LIANS website at: www.lians.ca/resources/risk-and-practice-management/practice-management/disaster-planning

If you have any questions on these or any other risk- or practice-related matters, do not hesitate to contact Stacey Gerrard, LIANS Counsel with the Risk and Practice Management Program, at sgerrard@lians.ca or call 902 423 1300 ext. 345.