We all know the infamous Murphy’s Law: Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Business owners, especially, are painfully aware of this adage. And as I picture the folks who use this phrase as a “why bother” mantra, I can’t help but shake my head. They’re looking at it all wrong. The fact is, when you anticipate and prepare for the worst, you’re really planning for the best.

Let me ask you this: if you’re totally prepared when disaster strikes, is it even a disaster anymore? Formulating a business continuity plan is one of the best investments you can make for your organization, as it will help ensure that your business remains operational, no matter the circumstances. According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, 25 percent of businesses don’t reopen after a disaster. To me, the keyword is reopen. By having a disaster preparedness plan that ensures business continuity, you can eliminate the hurdle of reopening your closed business and regaining your customers’ trust.

To determine whether your company is truly prepared for a disaster scenario, ask yourself these questions:Download the checklist >>

  1. Can I communicate and monitor project-related material if the office is closed?
  2. Will my phone system still work?
  3. Can I reach my employees, customers and essential data from anywhere?
  4. Have I established an emergency plan with my staff?
  5. How can I reassure my customers in the wake of a disaster?

For a complete list of action items that will prepare you for anything, download our Disaster Preparedness Checklist.