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Disaster planning — Pennsylvania

The role of human resources in disaster planning

Disasters can take many forms. When a disaster strikes your business, regardless of whether it emanates from natural or human causes, there will always be significant human resource issues that must be addressed, and often very quickly. Nothing has driven home this point to business more than the COVID-19 pandemic. See Pandemic outbreaks for more information specifically related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the aftermath of any disaster, every business must make the decision of whether and how to move forward. A company’s employees are a critical component of any recovery plan. If you fail to manage them well, or meet their needs, other recovery efforts may be futile. Even if you decide that a facility or the entire business cannot reopen, it will be essential to respond to employee concerns to avoid or minimize the risk of serious legal liability. 

Although one can never be fully prepared for a natural disaster, sound disaster planning requires that human resource issues be recognized as being of first order importance, and adequate attention must be given to them both in the...

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