Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Planning
What exactly is a disaster for a small or growing business?
A disaster is defined as a sudden, unplanned calamitous event that creates an inability for an organization to provide critical business functions for an undetermined period of time, resulting in great damage or loss to that organization.
The Institute for Business & Home Safety, a nonprofit initiative of the insurance industry, says in its 2007 publication, Open for Business:
Each year disasters such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and wildfires force thousands of businesses to close. But even more common events, such as building fires, cause the same result. Our research shows at least 25 percent of those businesses that close following events such as these do not reopen. Many that do, struggle to stay in business.
Even the best-designed and well maintained buildings can be damaged, forcing a business closure. And even if a building sustains no damage, a major hurricane, earthquake or other catastrophic event can close roads, cause power outages or create other problems that force a business to close.
Small businesses are especially vulnerable, because few of them have the resources or knowledge to assess disaster risks and develop comprehensive mitigation and recovery plans.
Businesses can limit injuries and damages and return more quickly to normal operations if they plan ahead. Whether you operate from a high-rise building, an industrial complex or from home, you need to prepare a plan.
Click here to download a Business Continuity Checklist and see.
Workshops on Emergency Planning and Business Continuity often concentrate on theory and practice. We have developed a 36-hour, hands-on workshop designed to help you write an actual plan for your organization. This workshop concentrates on the practical, nuts-and-bolts of what it takes to write emergency action plans and comprehensive business continuity plan components. Click here for more information.
We can Help!
We also provide assistance in developing a comprehensive, customized business continuity/disaster recovery plans for individual organizations. Let us know if we can assist you.
For more information about workshops or customized plans, send an email to: Contact Deb. We look forward to hearing from you.