Disaster Planning – Where is YOUR Plan?

Fact – A disaster can occur at any time.  More important fact – There are some elemental steps you can take now to lessen the impact on your business.

A pipe can burst overnight, a fire can start in the adjoining office space, a hurricane could destroy the building.

These are real life situations that are being dealt with daily by companies and individuals around the world.  Any event that disrupts the flow of normal business functions can negatively impact your bottom line.

You do not have to live in a hurricane or earthquake prone area to suffer a major loss in your business.

Having spent the better part of the last 10 years in the disaster and emergency services industry, I have seen the difference having a plan means when you are in a crisis situation.  The importance of having a plan can not be stressed enough.

This is a fundamental step that needs to be part of your business plan (please tell me you have one of those!).

And, contrary to popular belief, you do not have to spend thousands to have a well researched and laid out plan.  It can be as big or as small as you need it to be.  The size and breadth of your operation will determine the complexity you need.  The most important thing is that you do something.

As my readers know, (and I know I have at least two now since they commented on my last post!) I am relatively new to the blogging world.  But one thing I am learning about blogging is that this is MY platform.  And as I try to figure out just what that platform is going to be, I know part of it will be me passing along some information and/or education relating to this topic.

So I am going to give you the bad news first.  You will suffer loss.  Resign yourself to it. Whether you have a pipe break, a fire, or your building is in the path of a hurricane, you will suffer loss.  Once you accept that fact then you can take steps to lessen the impact and be prepared to quickly mitigate the loss.

A Disaster Plan…

Provides a Sense of Security.  You have taken the steps to protect your people and your property, and you will go into it knowing you have immediate resources to start the recovery process.  And so will your employees, and that will go a long way in helping them to recover also.

Minimizes the Risk of Delays.  Delays mean further damage and more expense.  By having preselected vendors, back-up work locations, emergency phone lists, etc., you can go immediately into action.

Lessens Potential Economic Loss.  See above.  Damage can escalate quickly if you are not prepared.  Mold can begin growing on any water damaged material within 48 hours. Fines/penalties for missing contracted delivery times can cost thousands in delays and potential client dissatisfaction.

Effective disaster response begins with preparation.

A Disaster Plan Will do Three Things:

  1. Tell You What To Do
  2. Tell You When To Do It
  3. Tell You How To Do It

In upcoming posts we will talk about some of the elements of preparedness and how to know what, when and how to respond in different situations.

As always, comments are welcome.  How many of you have a disaster plan?  And of those, how many know where it is?

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