Hurricane Sandy brought devastation wherever it went, it seems, causing damage and problems for which many people and businesses likely were not prepared (and in many instances, could not have prepared for) The impact of a disaster will usually be long-lasting, can cause great expense, and can leave businesses with lost or destroyed records, ruined inventory and equipment, the inability to conduct business due to inabilities to occupy the office, store or warehouse, as well as the inability to communicate and work due to power supply issues, telephone problems, internet connectivity, and more.
So, an event like we've seen (and some people have experienced) this week, naturally begs the question: "Is your business ready for a disaster?"
Disaster planning is a good idea for businesses small and large. After you survive the disaster, check on employees and their families and decide it is time to try to get back to work, what can you do to ensure that data and important business records can be recovered and utilized? What will be done to relocate an office temporarily and get people back to work with phones, email, internet, and records so that clients can be served by selling your services or goods? How will you let your employees, vendors and customers know how to reach your business after a disaster? How will you communicate your planning and train employees for what to do after they insure their safety after a disaster? These are just a few questions that should be considered, and addressed in a written business disaster plan. From there, wise businesses will communicate with their staff and train on what to do when, and how to access information and the disaster plan. Remember, a major key to getting back to business following a disaster is having a plan in place outlining what to do.