For small businesses, fall means hurricane season’s in full swing and flu season right around the corner. So it’s a good time to revisit disaster-planning tactics.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) wants small firms to know that how well prepared a business is can dictate whether or not it survives the aftermath of the disaster.
So now’s a good time to ask yourself: Is your disaster planning strong enough to keep you going in the event of a fire? A flood? What would happen to production is 15% of your employees called in sick with the flu?
If your organization doesn’t have a disaster plan in place, it’s not too late. Get together with HR and IT to create and implement one.
Some effective characteristics of a disaster plan include: ensuring computer back-up, making sure employees can work remotely (via company servers or VPN connections), creating an emergency contact strategy using IM or text messaging, etc.
In addition, the SBA offers a practical how-to guide for small firms looking to create a disaster plan here.