With the potential for business shutdown due to the Corona Virus, it is imperative to be prepared for a potential closure during this pandemic. Please take some time to review the following suggestions to protect and mitigate the impact of this virus on your business.
- Review property insurance limits with your agent.
- Establish written business shutdown procedures for protecting your jewelry.
- Store all jewelry in safes or vault
- Leave lights on in store
- Don’t cover showcases
- Take smaller high valued items to a bank vault for storage in a safety deposit box. (Verify Safe deposit box coverage limit with us before moving.)
- If low valued items cannot be stored in-safe, move to a locked desk drawer, bathroom or filing cabinet
- Contact customers to pick up their repairs
- Run a test of the system with your alarm company
- Remove all objects from the sightline of motion detection to alarm control panel
- Update your Call list
- Verify your cameras are recording with no obstacles to sight line
- Safe(s) & vaults
- Remove all objects stored on top
- Be aware of safe value limitations on policy (if any)
- Remove all obstacles from the motion detection sightline of safes
- Store key in a safe place on site or bring home
- Have access to a copy of your most recent Insurance Policy, Jewelry inventory, invoices, sales receipts, Tax returns and Financial records.
- Have a redundant record of your customers jewelry
- Inform key employees or essential staff of their specific responsibilities under the established shutdown procedures.
- Determine and acquire emergency protective equipment and supplies (e.g., storm shutters, large pieces of plywood, hand tools, emergency generators and other essential items).
- Create and distribute a contact list with phone numbers, cell phone numbers and e-mail addresses:
- All key employees
- Alarm company representative
- Alarm monitoring facility representative
- Safe distributor
- Local police department
- Provide local police and authorities with your contact information
- If appropriate, inform all employees on when and how they will be notified to report back to work.
- Monitor local radio or television stations for official instructions for a mandatory business closure.
- Take photographs or video of business establishment inside and out, from all angles. This will help to substantiate insurance claims later.
- Bring in display racks, planters, benches and any other objects usually left outside, which could be used to break storefront windows or doors.
- If your building has exterior glass frontage, use storm shutters or plywood to board up any exterior glass exposures.
- Close all Roll down shutters or doors
- Leave flood lights on.