“Roughly 40-60 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors following a disaster.” – FEMA.gov
Don’t be a statistic.
In today’s age of technology, it is important to be prepared for data related disasters; however, there are many types of disasters that can affect a business’ operations. Be prepared for everyday disasters by following these steps:
- Create an evacuation plan for your employees and practice it regularly. Think fire drills we all had in school.
- Create a communication plan for notifying your employees, customers and company stakeholders in the event of an emergency.
- Make sure you have a backup for key resources such as power, equipment, critical office supplies such as computers and make sure your data is backed up adequately.
- Create a business continuity or disaster recovery plan to become operational again as quickly as possible.
These steps are all applicable whether facing a natural disaster or facing a data disaster. As we see more and more clients facing viruses, hardware failures or Ransomware, we all too often experience situations where clients weren’t properly backing up their data or thought they were but had never tested it until it was too late. If you think the cost of making sure you are covered is too high, calculate the cost of having your business shut down for days or weeks as you try to recover what was lost. It isn’t enough to just presume your data is backed up, it is important to test the recovery process periodically to ensure you are able to get the data restored quickly and everything back up and running smoothly. Although we aren’t responsible for your data, we can help provide recommendations as to how you can make sure you are protected. Please contact us if you would like our assistance.
“Following a disaster, 90% of smaller companies fail within a year unless they can resume operations within 5 days.” – FEMA.gov
Ensuring you have a proper plan in place and testing that plan periodically will take time up front but it could mean the difference in your company surviving a disaster or becoming a statistic.