Protect Your Business In the Event of An Emergency
Hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, wildfires, explosions - need we go on? When the average Joe hears these words, he immediately thinks of homes lost and cities destroyed, and that's understandable. Over the last 50 years, the number of superstorms seems to be increasing, and the new records of devastation that are reported every time one hits, you must be sure that your businesss is prepared for the worst.
After the clean-up crews are gone and the structures left standing are assessed, it's time to put the other money-making pieces back together. This is where the savvy tycoons are separated from the unprepared. Business owners who have dutifully set up some kind of safeguards against damage, whether physical or digital, are often way ahead of their competition.
No matter your leanings on the subject, one thing's for certain - being able to withstand all varieties of disasters is essential. To that end, the following small business tips for better continuity will help keep you on track:
Design a disaster plan that works
There's no denying the brute force of a tornado. Its sheer might is enough to blow apart the tallest of buildings and not even your best, most reliable manager can stand up to this kind of weather when it's bearing down on your business. In these circumstances, the secret is preparation. With a little premeditated planning, you can augment your chances of recovering from disasters considerably. All it really takes is knowing what your most essential functions and protect them, with all that you have. That's easier said than done, of course, so consider the following:
Set up the cloudOne of the worst things to lose in our digital era is a hard drive. With so much of the business world structured entirely online, one of the most devastating aspects of any disaster is its effect on your storage devices. Therefore, ensuring that no physical harm can befall your information is truly a tech advancement you'll want to get in on the ground floor of. By sending your data to the cloud, it can be recalled from afar, no matter what perils might have befallen your physical space. Even if you aren't at full capacity, you'll still have a fighting chance.
Stay updatedInsurance plans and building contracts can feel like a major headache to manage, and with their seemingly endless flexibility, grace periods and deadlines can extend well into the future. However, when hurricane push comes to earthquake shove, it's worth it to have these matters taken care of ahead of time. Although insurance companies can't always guarantee that you'll get back everything you put into the physical space of your business, knowing that you'll have a little extra something coming your way when it matters the most will be a good feeling.
Communicate openly, consistently and safely
Your business isn't the only thing at risk during an emergency. Employees who might not be aware of the immediate dangers of the situation need to be informed, and as quickly as possible. Use everything you can, from Facebook to mobile devices, to contact the people who might be heading directly into the danger zone. If you can't get in touch with them the first time, keep trying. Also, in an effort to reach everyone, ask for multiple forms of contact as part of your continuity plan. While cellphone numbers might be enough, why not make use of the multitudes of ways that individuals can be reached in this new age of technology?
The truth of the matter is that there's really no way to tell how a disaster, natural or man-made, will impact your business. For this reason, it's important that you're doing everything you can to prepare for the worst when it counts.