3 Tips For Preparing
Your Business For A
An unfortunate reality in the business world, if not
life itself, is the threat of a disaster. There are numerous kinds
of disasters a business can face, from the natural ones (like
hurricanes on the East and Gulf coasts, earthquakes in
California or tornadoes in the Midwest) to man-made ones (like
accidental fires, computer system failures, etc.). As grim as it is
to think about a disaster compromising your business, smart
businesses know the importance of planning ahead.
three tips to help you prepare your business for a possible
Tip #1: Plan Ahead For Multiple Scenarios - It is never enough to prepare just one plan for a
disaster; disasters come in all shapes and sizes, variety and
severity. Because of this, you need to have multiple contingencies
plans in place. The most obvious type of disaster is a natural
disaster. In addition to natural disasters, there are also man-made
disasters, like an electrical spark that causes a fire; a virus of
unprecedented strength that sweeps through your system obliterating
your computers. The list goes on and on, so take the time to plan
for the variety of disasters you might encounter -- even if you
think you never will.
Tip #2: Back Up Your Valuable Records - There are two ways to back up valuable information
records: (1) electronic backups and (2) physical hard copies.
We recommend both. As mentioned in Tip #1, a disaster can range
from a hurricane that physically wipes your business off the map to a
severe infrastructure collapse that leaves you electronically
crippled. Putting all your eggs in one basket, as they say, is
unwise. One off-site electronic backup provider you might
consider is Carbonite (a relatively inexpensive
offsite resource for your computer data).
Tip #3: Train Employees To Handle Disasters - The last thing you need in the event of an emergency
is a company full of employees with no clue what to do. This not
only hinders surviving the disaster, but depending on the type of
crisis, may even put your employees at risk. After you have
developed a handful of disaster scenario plans, train your
employees on how to react in such an event. You may even want to
assign specific roles to employees to create a team structure
that facilitates the process more smoothly.
Executive Summary: Maybe your business will be lucky enough to never
experience a major disaster. Maybe it will not. There are no
certainties in life, so the smart thing to do is prepare in
advance. Regularly back up your valuable records and business
information in both physical and electronic media. Additionally,
train your employees on how to react in case of emergency.
Remember, it is not just your business that is affected by the
scenarios mentioned above, but your clients too.