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The type of emergency will determine the steps you should take to keep your staff, your customers, your inventory and your equipment safe.

what you can do to prepare for them. The type of emergency will determine the steps you should take to keep your staff, your customers, your inventory and your equipment safe.

Here are some details to include in your emergency plan:

• A detailed evacuation procedure; • storage of important company documents in an easily accessible and secure location away from your business location;

• list of contact information for people to notify, including supervisors, board members colleagues, clients, family members and insurance company; and,

• the location and directions to the closest emer- gency shelter (contact your local fire or police department if you do not know). Finally, it is important to remember that bad

weather does not always affect us in predictable ways. Harvard Business School professor Francesca Gino and her research team asked 200 adults to predict the impact of weather on work productivity. More than 80 percent of the respondents predicted that good weather would increase productivity and that bad weather would decrease productivity. However, that supposition may not hold up in the real work world. As part of its research, for instance, the Harvard team examined findings from a Tokyo bank that showed its workers were more productive during stormy weather than on clear, sunny days. The Harvard team’s follow-up studies confirmed the trend. Perhaps this research shows that even the best laid weather plans and productivity can be thrown off by a beautiful day.

Tricia Drevets is a freelance writer and educator who specializes in business and communication topics.

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