It can be very difficult to think about a disaster plan when running a business. If disaster strikes, it is crucial to have a plan in place. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, more than 40% of small businesses do not reopen after a major catastrophe. These statistics are alarming, but it is important to plan for these types of events. This article will provide a list of tips to help your business recover from a disaster.
What Kind of Disasters are We Referring to?
Your business could be affected by a disaster in many ways. Your business can be severely damaged by natural disasters such as a fire, a hurricane or flooding. Companies must be prepared for cyber attacks and natural disasters. Cybercriminals are becoming more aggressive in attacking businesses every year as more data is created and stored online. Are you prepared for these types of disasters in your business? Is your business prepared for these types of disasters?
Make sure all employees are safe
When it comes to natural disasters, the safety and well-being of employees is the most important. While some may be concerned about the physical loss of office space or plans to retrieve data, the people should always be first. A company should include in its disaster recovery checklist a plan to ensure that everyone is safe during a natural disaster. Consider an evacuation plan in the event of a fire, earthquake, or other natural disaster. Make sure that all employees are safe. Safety management systems, training, as well as software, are available for these types of events. Assign each member a task in case of future disasters. Disaster recovery begins with planning and preparation. Before an event occurs, it is important to identify the roles of the team. Each department should be assigned responsibilities and tasks by the company. Each department should have its own list of responsibilities. Each department should also have a detailed task list listing the responsibilities of each member of their team. This ensures that everyone is aware of their responsibilities and doesn’t get lost. It is important to think ahead and ask questions such as, Who will make the relocation decisions? Who will be responsible for cash flow and data management? Who will be responsible for granting access to secure systems? What needs to be done by each department to get the company back on its feet? The more responsibilities and tasks that are required for a company to function properly, the greater its size. These should be taken care of well in advanced to avoid any kind of disaster.
Is Your Company in Need of a Backup Office
A backup office may be required in the event of a natural catastrophe. Most companies don’t have the financial resources to rent or buy two office spaces. For smaller businesses, having two offices is not an option due to the high cost. While the company plans the new office, it may be possible to allow the team to work remotely while they do so. While this will not work for every business, it may be an option for some. Remember that downtime can mean losing money. The hourly cost of a relocation depends on the business. However, the average company will lose between $301k and $400k an hour. Having a relationship with a realty agent can help speed up the process. The difference between a successful and unsuccessful relocation is being able to open a shop and relocate as quickly possible.
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