Prepare your Business for a Disaster
Amala Posted on October 13, 2016
Is Your Business Prepared for a Disaster?
Hurricane Matthew has left destruction in its wake. The businesses that were prepared are already back to work. The ones that were not prepared are struggling to get back up and running. Statistically some of these businesses will never reopen.
According to FEMA 40% of businesses hit by a disaster will never reopen their doors
What makes the difference between a business that survives and one that closes its doors? Is it just a matter of luck? The best way for your business to survive a natural disaster like hurricane Matthew is to have a plan in place. Disaster recovery and business continuity plans can help protect your business from unavoidable natural disasters.
There are many reasons a business fails to have a plan in place. The most common is what I call the ostrich effect. Nothing has happened to them in the past, so they figure nothing will happen in the future. They simply do not think their business needs a Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity (DRBC) plan. FEMA and other government agencies disagree. They say businesses need a plan in place to prepare for the unexpected. Just because your business has never been hit by a major disaster before doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen. Being prepared means you will know what to do when you are faced with a disaster. The faster you act the more likely you will be able to recover.
While it is important to plan for natural disasters, your business can be experience smaller interruptions that could be just as costly. Technology related incidents are on the rise. Businesses are depending on their technology to keep their business running now more than ever. A well thought out DRBC plan covers technology and other man-made disasters as well as natural ones.
Another reason businesses fail to have a plan in place is cost. They don’t see the value of putting resources towards planning for something they believe will not happen. A good plan will save you money in the long run. Many businesses consider having a plan in place as a form of insurance. When you know what your company will do in the event of a disaster, it allows you to act faster and it gives you peace of mind.
We have many tools available to help your business, from a free template to a comprehensive DRBC planning platform on the cloud. Contact us today!
Categories: Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery Planning