But once in a while, tomorrow is different. Earthquakes happen, fires start overnight, thieves find that door that never did quite latch, or -- name your disaster here.
According to the Insurance Information Institute, up to 40% of businesses hit by natural or human caused disasters never re-open. They close because their normal processes are overwhelmed by loss: loss of data, inventory, space, personnel, or all of the above.
So how do you make sure your business is one of the survivors? By thinking about potential disasters before they happen, making a plan, and practicing to make sure the plan works.
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What should your disaster plan include? Details and scope will differ by business, but in general, all companies need to ensure they have a plan to reach employees, customers, and vendors, a place and supplies to conduct business, and access to critical data.
FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Association, offers the following list of the things to consider while creating a disaster plan:
Most tomorrows are just like today -- but if your business has a disaster plan, you can feel more confident that it can survive that one tomorrow -- that isn't.
Our nation's emergency managers, firefighters, law enforcement officers, EMT/paramedics, and other emergency responders do an incredible job of keeping us safe, but they cannot do it alone. We must all embrace our personal responsibility to be prepared - in doing so; we contribute to the safety and security of our communities as well." - ready.gov
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