We’ve had a series of bad weather over the past few years. One only needs to mention Sandy or Irene to get an idea of the extent of the damage Mother Nature can cause. Those storms caused billions of dollars in damage. However, even if you don’t live on the East Coast, you surely are susceptible to natural disasters. The Pacific Northwest has seen wildfires over the past few summers, and residents of the Great Plains are always on the lookout for tornadoes. Because of the unpredictability and severity of the storms Mother Nature can unleash, it’s always important to have a plan for your business. Here are some things to keep in mind in regard to disaster recovery:
- Protect your applications and data with disaster recovery planning: You should always have a plan when it comes to your data and operations. Do you remember during Hurricane Sandy last year when major media outlets like the Huffington Post and Gawker went out? This was due to flooding of their third-party hosting server in Manhattan. An outage of any kind can disrupt your business and create irate customers, especially if pertinent information is lost. Knowing how your data is being protected and how your system responds in the event of an outage is paramount to surviving a disaster.
- Keep the power and cool air flowing: Depending on the type of business you have, you might need your power turned on right away to avoid losing product. If this is the case, you’ll need to have equipment available to make sure you don’t lose your inventory because of a storm. Having an onsite generator is one thing. Another idea for quick action is looking into a chiller rental. A chiller can act as a HVAC and a cold storage unit, so your goods aren’t lost or damaged.
- Have a plan for your employees: Any good business person will tell you that a business’s most important asset is its employees. Therefore, you’ll need to have a plan in effect to protect them in the event of an emergency. This could mean having a calling tree, where everyone has each other’s numbers, so employees are informed of any closures or operating plans when disaster strikes. Your emergency plan should be practiced and tested, so you’ll know what works, and your employees will be ready.
By employing these and other measures, you’ll give your business the best possible chance of surviving and rebounding from a natural disaster.
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