What are the chances of survival for your business in case of a disaster? Like many people, you have never thought about this question. In fact, you don’t have any plan or course of action to take in case your business is affected by a natural calamity such as a hurricane, flooding, or a fire disaster. And like so many other businesses, you will struggle or even be unable to bounce back after a blow.
As a business owner, you should always have a business disaster plan in place. It will help you restart your business faster with minimal effort. It also acts as a guide for future unplanned occurrences. The following are some tips you should always have in mind when drafting the plan:
Form a team
You should handpick a few individuals who will be responsible for coming up with the plan. Each individual in the group should be well versed with the business and if possible be familiarizing with the recovery plans. The rule of thumb is to work with experts rather than complete novices. The team should not be too large as this may work against the plan’s goal.
Identify the Critical goals
The plan should pinpoint the key areas of the business that runs the highest risk. This allows the team to put necessary counteractive measures. It will also identify the best alternative in case the areas are hit. Key questions include; whom should we work with? Which is the best alternative is for relocation? How will this affect our customers? What resources are required? How fast can the transition take place?
State the possible Calamities
Businesses are different and what may be your biggest concern may not be the least concern for another entity. It, therefore, makes no sense to use/ copy another business’s strategy as it may not be very effective. It is crucial to not only identify but also state the main areas of concern. This entails understanding the business, gathering information from businesses of a similar nature, understanding the region/location, and talking to precious and current employees.
Create Action Plans
Normally, a business will have several concerns in the event of a disaster. One, there is the risk of losing data or critical information. Two, the structure or building may be damaged. Three, the working environment may not be conducive for both employees and customers after the calamity. It is vital to creating a plan that addresses each and every possible risk that may affect the business. The action plan should be well detailed but easy to understand at the same time.
Calamities are inevitable and will always happen when you least expect. The area may be hit by torrential rains, flooding, volcanic eruptions, fires, arsons and much more. And due to this, you may not only lose important data but also the premises. Having a good business disaster plan in place is the way to go. It will help you recover sooner-rather-than later and also helps you pinpoint the most critical area. By following the above tips, you shouldn’t have a problem drafting the perfect plan.