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Make Your Business Resilient

Make Your Business Resilient

Did you know that between 40-60% of small businesses never reopen their doors following a disaster? That statistic is shocking to us, and we are here to help. If you are a small business, you must have a disaster recovery plan in place to limit and lessen the amount of damage that an unexpected disaster can have on your business. 

How to be Prepared

Make an evacuation plan and exercise it regularly. You can never be too prepared for an emergency, should one ever arise. 

Know how you’ll notify your employees, customers, and stakeholders of an emergency. Create a communications plan that is clear, concise, and that you can communicate under pressure. You may want to consider announcing what happened on social media so that you can communicate with your customers in the clearest way possible. 

Have redundancy for key resources like power, equipment, and supplies. Some things are hard to replace, but if you have a plan for an emergency situation, it will be easier should a disaster ever happen. Create a back up of employee information, computer files, paperwork, and client information and store it in a safe, protected location off-site. 

Create a Business Continuity Plan to become operational again quickly. By having a plan, you are already one step ahead of most businesses and are more likely to bounce back from an emergency situation since you had planned for it. Following a disaster, 90% of smaller companies fail within a year unless they can resume operations within 5 days. Meanwhile, 20% of larger companies spend over 10 days per month on their continuity plans. 

Be Prepared for Everyday Disasters: 

Burst Pipes – Contact a mitigation specialist before any disaster happens so that you have an emergency response plan in place. 

Server Failure – Back up important files and store them remotely off site to ensure that you are protected. 

Fires – Create a fire evacuation plan and practice it with your employees. Maintain this plan and continually work to improve it so that you can ensure everybody’s safety over time. 

Disaster Recover Plan

Retain copies important records including: Insurance policies, contracts, and employee records. 

Redundancy: Store additional installation disks, software licensing keys, hardware inventory with serial numbers, and equipment in a fireproof safe in order to ensure that your company is ready for an emergency. 

Emergency Supplies: Cash, water, first aid kits, paper towels, garbage bags, food…encourage your employees to have emergency kits at the office, in the event of a disaster during the work day.

For more information about disaster preparedness, visit www.fema.gov

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If you would like more information about Thomasville Homes Restoration, or to get a quote, give us a call at (410) 360-1075.

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