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Can Your Business Stand Up to Disaster? 5 questions to ask yourself.

Hurricane Dorian didn’t impact Louisiana, but the next storm could.

Potentially business-ending disasters can come in many forms. A hurricane is a clear example, but it could be as simple as a spilled coffee, a burst pipe, or a failed hard drive.

These everyday disasters could cripple your company for days, weeks, or even forever. (75% of companies without a good business continuity plan go out of business after a disaster.)

Every organization needs a plan to maintain or get back to normal operations quickly. How quickly could your business be back up and running if disaster struck? Ask yourself these 5 questions:

Can your business operate without access to any of the following: computers, phones, files, or email?

Without the technology you typically rely on every day, your employees cannot perform their basic duties, which can bring your operation to a standstill.

Disruptions to the flow of your business can be costly. Every hour of downtime after a disaster cost small businesses $8,000/ hour, on average. Even if you can handle the cost, it can stifle the growth of your company. 

Has your business data been backed up recently?

Businesses fail after disasters for a wide variety of reasons. The number one reason is the loss of vital data.

One incident can erase years of research, leads, and work. If you don’t have a proper backup, it’s like skydiving without a parachute.

Have your backups been tested recently to confirm data can be restored if necessary?

Even if you have a backup in place, it needs to be routinely tested to ensure that it could be implemented, if needed.

Your backup could be incomplete, corrupted or just not setup properly. Without these tests, your backup could turn out to be as useful as a water-logged laptop.

Do you have a way to quickly communicate information to your team before, during and immediately following an emergency?

In the immediate aftermath of a large-scale disaster, typical lines of communication can go down. Communication is vital day-to-day, but it is especially important during an emergency situation.  ­

Having a Emergency Communication System allows you to quickly communicate critical information to your entire team. This structure will help employees know what is expected of them as well as let them communicate any issues.

Can your team work remotely if your office in inaccessible?

If your office becomes inaccessible due to a fire, flood, etc., can your business still operate? Much like the previous sections, if your team has the right technology, they can work remotely and continue to be productive.

Having the right tools in place (like a cloud server or Office 365) for your staff to work remotely is critical for employers who want to avoid downtime after a disaster.

Results

Whether it’s the cost of downtime or an irrecoverable loss of data, the impact of disasters can stifle growth or shut your business down for good.  However, with proper planning and the right technology, you can minimize or eliminate interruptions during and after a disaster.

If you answered ‘No’ to one or more of the questions above, it’s time to re-evaluate your business continuity plan.  Our team can help with a strategy to a disaster-proof your business. Contact us to get started.