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Prepare your business for an emergency

​Many businesses require additional preparation to deal with a major event or disruption. A disruption could be a major disaster affecting the entire city or it could be as simple as a power outage. Sign up for the Calgary Chamber’s Emergency Business Contact Database (EBCD) to receive relevant emergency business information and review this page to get started on disaster planning for your business.

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Know the types of emergencies that could impact your business

Knowing what to do beforehand can reduce the stress of an emergency situation for a business owner. See the most common types of emergencies in Calgary and consider how they might impact your business. Below are some examples of emergencies and questions to consider:


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Make an emergency action plan for your business

Having a business continuity plan in place will minimize the impact of a disruption on business activities. By making a plan, you will have a better understanding of the risks your business could face and will be better equipped to deal with various hazards. This might include having an alternative strategy for your office location.

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Emergency alerts

How would your business learn about emerging risks and potential emergency situations? Find out about alerts that are issued to warn people about potential risks to their health and safety.

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Educating employees on emergency preparedness

​A company’s employees are its greatest asset, and your business will be better off if your employees are prepared for an emergency.

Ensure that employees are prepared at home and at work - Encourage employees to have a 72-hour emergency kit at home, a “go-bag” at work, and an emergency response plan. Minimize risks in the workplace by keeping a First Aid kit and an automated external defibrillator (AED) on the premises. To ensure that employees know how to use them, consider offering First Aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) courses. You can also direct employees to learn more about being prepared for an emergency at home.

Have an evacuation plan - If you had to evacuate your workplace, would your employees know where to go? Make an evacuation plan and ensure that it is posted in a visible location for all employees. Holding fire drills every month is a good way to make sure all employees know how to evacuate the building.

Prevent the spread of illness - You can prevent the spread of illnesses such as the flu by promoting proper hand washing and encouraging employees to sanitize shared vehicles and workstations regularly. Visit Alberta Health Services to find immunization information for employers.

Small business and non-profits

Due to fewer resources, small businesses are especially vulnerable to theft, vandalism, and fraud. Learn more about security, online crime, email safety and mobile device safety. To report any type of fraud or theft, call 403-266-1234.

Non-profit organizations should also consider their preparedness and business continuity plans. Read our business continuity brochure for non-profit organizations.