With most businesses now operating on a remote basis, the very last thing that business owners want to consider right now is the prospect that there may be a power outage. First and foremost, don’t fear, Covid-19 is unlikely to cause a power outage, but that’s not to say that you shouldn’t be prepared if one were to come around as a result of a storm or some other event. So here are a few things you can do to ensure that your workers stay online and your business can continue to function in a power outage.
- Keep devices charged
Most power outages are fairly short-lived and therefore businesses can operate as usual if their employees have access to battery-powered devices such as laptops or phones. Try to keep battery-powered devices charged at all times, this will prolong the amount of time that you have to use them for if the power were to go out. To give you an extra battery boost, consider even purchasing each employee a rechargeable battery pack that can be used to recharge their phone or laptop in case of an emergency.
- Hire a generator
If a power outage is due to be longer or more severe then it’s always worth knowing where you can hire a generator from. Generator hire is an easy way to ensure reliable and continuous power and can save you in the event of a multi-day power outage. If your team is working remotely and there are power outages across the team, then you’ll need to decide whose roles are expendable and whose need to stay online. If your employees aren’t in quarantine then you may be able to gather in one place to make the most of the generator you have hired.
- Circulate a disaster policy
To ensure that everyone is clear on what to do in the event of a power outage, be sure to circulate your disaster policy. This could include things like emergency numbers to call, who to notify in the event of a power outage and which tasks an individual is supposed to prioritise if they no longer have access to the internet or the tools they need. Although a power outage may seem unlikely, it is always better to have prepared your staff for the possibility rather than to wait and risk panic throughout your workforce.
- Teach employees how to tether
One of the major downsides of a power outage is that usually the internet also goes down. To get around this and to ensure that your staff can still access the internet through their pre-charged devices, teach them how to tether to their phone’s data or how to use an external dongle. Tethering to a mobile phone or dongle enables an individual to use their laptop on the internet using the network data of their phone or dongle. It isn’t often as fast as a wifi-connection but it will enable them to remain online and can be used as an emergency back-up measure.
It may be the last thing on your mind right now, but making simple preparations, such as those above, could be the difference between your business being operational or in the dark.