Three ways to prepare your business for Hurricane Matthew

Florida_Preparedness_Feature.pngWe know how hard you’ve worked to get your business up and running, and we’re committed to keeping it functioning no matter the circumstances. According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, 25% of businesses don’t reopen after a major disaster. But even a basic disaster plan can literally save your life’s work. Start with these three goals as you develop your own plan for when Mother Nature strikes.

Employee safety

This is obviously priority number one. When disaster strikes, you’ve got to be able to communicate with your employees to ensure they’re safe. Our solution? A cloud-based business phone system. This is housed, either in part or entirely, offsite. Therefore, it can be running even when your office is not. If you’re an existing Fonality customer, you can log into your control panel at http://cp.fonality.com and make sure your find-me/follow-me settings are up to date so calls can be routed to cell phones in the event the Internet becomes unavailable.

Data security

You need access to your data even if you can’t reach the office. More and more, work is less a place and more an activity. This is especially true when inclement weather strikes. When your physical location becomes inaccessible, make sure your businesses can access its data from the cloud using applications like Salesforce.com (Fonality integrates with Salesforce, so it’s one of our favorites), Microsoft Office 365, and others.

Uninterrupted communication

Employees need the ability to work remotely and communicate with customers. Even in disaster scenarios — perhaps even more so in disaster scenarios — customers still need to interact with you. Natural disasters like Hurricane Matthew demand cloud-based systems that can keep a business running even if the office is closed.

Thanks to cloud-based UC strategies, your company can maintain functionality through remote work even if something as damaging as a hurricane impacts the physical office. You can rest easy with UC knowing that work will get done regardless of the weather.

To learn more about business continuity, download our eBook, “Yes, We’re Open. How the Right Business Phone System Helps Ensure Business Continuity.”
Kyley Del Bosque
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