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Tuesday March 10th, 2015, Deloitte announced the winners of the 2014 Canada’s Best Managed Companies awards program, recognizing excellence in Canadian owned and managed companies, and we are thrilled to have been recognized for the third year in a row!
In April 2014, heavy rains, melting snow and ice jams in Atlantic Canada forced river waters to rise, submerging roads, filling basements and prompting hundreds to be evacuated from their homes and businesses. One large local retailer with 50,000 square feet of floor space was left to cope with a foot of water and a Grand opening only days away.
The prevalence of natural disasters has been on the rise, yet, we don’t have to wait for the storm of the decade to cause a disaster situation. In fact, smaller scale events like a fire, burst pipe, or power outage can cause big problems for a residential condo tower. Condos don’t have the same type of central management as office buildings, nor are they guided by the same regulations. This can create a great deal of confusion when it comes to developing and maintaining emergency response processes.
Read more about steps that can be taken to manage such situations as effectively as possible from our VP Property Management Services, John Stephenson in the November issue of Condo Business.
Last week was Small Business Week, and we wanted to contribute to a public understanding and conversation around the unique challenges of Canadian entrepreneurs and employees in disaster management. In a SMB social survey shared with our social networks, we asked: Is your Small Business prepared for disaster?
In case you weren’t aware, this week is Small Business Week, a national celebration of Canadian entrepreneurs and their contribution to Canada’s economy.
At FirstOnSite, this is the perfect time to reflect on our past year: the natural disasters that have occurred and the small businesses we’ve worked with to help put things back together. More importantly, this is an opportune time for you – as a small business owner or employee – to evaluate your company’s emergency preparedness plan.