It’s National Emergency Preparedness Month
Are You Prepared?
By now you’ve probably held your fire drill or tornado drill or other safety preparedness drills to keep your staff safe – and if you haven’t, you should! But in addition to that, have you considered making sure your business is kept safe and can resume operations quickly following an emergency or disaster? Read on for 5 key parts you need to consider:
5 Key Parts of a Business Disaster Preparedness Plan
When you’re creating a business disaster preparedness plan, it is important to understand the essential aspects of the plan. Below are the 5 key parts of a business disaster preparedness plan.
1. Communication plan:
You want to restore communication lines as soon as possible. Assign this task to one of your employees or one of the stakeholders. In times of emergency, the communication is taken care of easily. Also, have multiple ways to communicate to be prepared for any type of disaster. This will mean that the consumers are able to get in touch with you as soon as possible.
2. Equipment protection:
Always protect your equipment in case of a disaster and opt for equipment insurance. In the event they are damaged due to a disaster; you are able to get the replacements through your insurance plan.
3. Data continuity system:
Your business data is very important. Instead of storing it locally on a hard drive or server, consider storing it using a cloud service. With the help of a cloud service, you will be able to easily opt-in for a data continuity plan. This will help when you resume your business, there is no worry of lost data.
4. Prepare backups:
You don’t just need to save the data in a safe place, you also need to prepare backups. Backups can include a website, business contacts, pending invoices, etc. Create backups to ensure you are prepared for any kind of disaster.
5. Knowing the assets you have:
Create an asset inventory list and determine what can and cannot be covered by insurance. In the event of a disaster, you can use your asset inventory list to verify those assets.
When you’re preparing your business disaster preparedness plan, it is important to look into the 5 key areas listed above. In the event of a disaster, it will be easier to get your business back up and running.
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