Recently, I met with a potential client whose company develops plans, processes and procedures to prepare for disasters and crisis. Later we sat in on a webinar presented by a franchise known as Firestorm, which does the same type of work.
After talking with my client and attending the webinar, I began to think about the small company, one or two person organization, and how can they prepare for these natural disasters.
In my research I found an article entitled Is Your Small Business Prepared for the Worst? Disaster Recovery Made Easy. This was written by Stephanie Faris and published on March 16, 2012 in the Small Business Technology website. She mentioned the following eight items as ways to prepare your business for any kind of disaster such as frozen water pipes, floods, fire, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc.
- Back up data daily.
- Store backup tapes off-site. Or utilize one of the many cloud backup companies.
- Test your disaster recovery plan periodically. Make sure it works.
- Go beyond servers. Make sure you have a plan to replace computers, printers, copiers, etc. rapidly should they all be destroyed.
- Consider a relocation plan.
- Create an emergency contact list.
- And most important, put it in writing.
This seems like a lot of work to do when things are going well. But it can be a lifesaver for your business if these things are done ahead of time and done well. One other item is to have you and your employees make their own disaster plan for home. Most employees will want to take care of their families before returning to work. The better they are prepared ahead of time the sooner they can return to the workplace.