Disasters can happen anywhere,
often with little or no warning.
Is your business prepared?
What can you do to protect
your business, employees
Where should you begin?
No business should risk operating
without a disaster plan.
While reports vary, as many as 40 percent of small businesses do not
reopen after a major disaster like a flood, tornado or earthquake. These
shuttered businesses were unprepared for a disaster; they had no plan or
When you start to develop your disaster plan,
consider three subjects: human resources, physical resources and
business continuity. Think about how a disaster could affect your
employees, customers and workplace. Think about how you could
continue doing business if the area around your facility is closed or
streets are impassable. Think about what you would need to serve your
customers even if your facility is closed.
Develop a Plan
Start building your plan now.
Here are some suggestions your may want to consider:
Keep phone lists of your key employees and
customers with you, and provide copies to key
If you have a voice mail system at your office,
designate one remote number on which you can
record messages for employees. Provide the number
to all employees.
Arrange for programmable call forwarding for your
main business line(s). Then, if you can't get to the
office, you can call in and reprogram the phones to
If you may not be able to get to your business
quickly after an emergency, leave keys and alarm
code(s) with a trusted employee or friend who is closer.
Install emergency lights that turn on when the
power goes out. They are inexpensive and widely
available at building supply retailers.
Back up computer data frequently throughout the
business day. Keep a backup tape off site.
Use UL-listed surge protectors and battery backup
systems. They will add protection for sensitive