More than 25% of businesses don’t reopen after a disaster. Is your organization prepared to brave a storm?
In order to ensure your organization will safely weather a storm, keep three major points in mind:
1. Protect Your Property
No matter what type of business you are operating, your physical property — from retail merchandise to company-owned computers and phones — should be protected. The loss of physical property can be minimized, or even avoided, with thorough preparation and anticipation of an incoming storm.
2. Protect Important Documents and Information
While the loss of physical property can be costly, the loss of virtual data can adversely affect your business and its continued success. A severe enough storm can damage your data center, destroying all of your company data. Having a secure backup system in place can ensure no data is lost, even if your data center endures physical damage. Your organization should also have a recovery system in place with the proper staff on-call and trained to handle the situation as needed.
3. Have a Preparedness Checklist
An emergency preparedness checklist will make the difference between successfully weathering a storm and experiencing a full-scale disaster. Your employees should know their role and the proper procedures for handling storm protocol, and how to best protect your equipment. If you have staff that must remain on-site for the duration of the storm, they should be properly trained and well-versed in your storm procedures.