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According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, 25 percent of businesses don’t reopen after a disaster. One former executive director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency puts that number even higher: 40 to 60 percent.
Many businesses make preparations for disaster. Those in Atlantic coastal regions, for example, are very aware that June 1 marks the start of hurricane season. But organizations need to do more than focus on specific threats. They need to make plans to deal with any disaster and then specify the goals of those plans. Priorities include:
1 - Ensuring Employee Safety — In the aftermath of a disaster, the security of your staff should be top priority. Make sure contact information is updated regularly, and know how you'll reach staff in the event of an emergency.
2 - Data Security — Take steps to ensure your data remains secure and available even if the office itself isn’t in operation.
3 - Uninterupted Communication — The ability for employees to stay in touch and work remotely can make all the difference in keeping a business going. This is where cloud-based communication comes to the rescue.
There's no better time than now to get prepared.