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Local businesses prepare emergency plans in case disaster strikes


Eau Claire (WQOW) - A local organization that dealt with a devastating fire last year is now giving other businesses advice on what they should do in the event of a disaster.

Administrators from Reach, Incorporated shared their experience with the fire and how it impacted their business, employees and clients. In addition, Disaster Ready Chippewa Valley held a seminar Thursday morning to teach businesses what they can do in case of an emergency. Disaster Ready and Eau Claire Fire said businesses and organizations should have a plan so that important documents and projects can be recovered.

Allyn Bertrang, the deputy chief of the Eau Claire Fire Department, said, "Businesses do find that when they have a plan in place it helps reduce the amount of time that business is not operating and it reduces the loss that they sustain to their company. Having some type of plan in place to have those records backed up, whether it be electronically or stored in secured locations, is definitely a good idea for any organization."

Disaster Ready Chippewa Valley said businesses should have a public relations person to deal with the media in the event of a disaster to their business. They also said businesses should also take photos or video of their facility and equipment for insurance purposes and rebuilding plans.

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