There are events that occur on a regular basis which can affect companies with varying degrees of severity. These events can’t be controlled but can often be anticipated. Then, there are times where the only thing a company can do is wait it out and hope for the best. Natural disasters can end your company if steps aren’t taken to prepare for them.
How Bad Could It Be?
Companies don’t usually close due to small hail or a little rain. Typically, something far more serious would have to happen to cause a company shutdown of a few days or even several weeks. A flood or a tornado can take out the electrical system, or the company entirely. Unfortunately, these catch many businesses off guard far too often. Preparation and practice for a natural disaster is key to everything.
Network Failure From a Power Outage
Power outages can occur for a variety of reasons. Anything from maintenance or repairs by the electric company or even an animal chewing through cables can bring your business to a temporary halt. Sometimes one lightning strike is all it takes to cut off access to the network or take down the network entirely.
Loss of Physical Company Site
The loss of the physical company site due to natural disaster or catastrophic event is something you can only prepare for, but not prevent.
Loss Of Key Personnel
Losing individuals who are the cornerstones of the company is never good. Even worse, is when the people under them have no idea how to step into that role, even if it is temporary.
Having a plan in place for a potential disaster helps to mitigate some of its effects. Your employees must know what to do in the event of a tornado, fire, earthquake, power outage, or flood. Preparation is key.
As for loss of data from power outages and loss of the physical site, having all of your information and client data backed up is essential. These backups can either be physical, on the cloud / onsite, in the cloud, or both. If they are on the cloud, there needs to be some way to access that information.
A good recovery plan can make all the difference between a setback and a disaster from which the company may never recover from. There are many elements to a good recovery plan.
You may have to replace hardware that has been damaged or destroyed.
You will need to get in touch with them to help replace your vital equipment.
While it may not be ideal, they can still do their work while everything gets put back together.
With more people to help out, everything will be put back together and work will be caught up with more hands.
Preparation ahead of time is key to maintaining a state of normality when a disaster occurs. Having a plan to reroute these will ensure that your operations remain as normal as possible.
Is there anyone who is willing to lend you space until your own is usable again?
In order to keep things up and running as seamlessly as possible, the entire team must know what to do in any given scenario.
How Long Does It Take to Get Back To Normal?
According to FEMA, 40% of businesses do not reopen after a disaster and another 25% fail within one year after a disaster. There needs to be preparation for a long-term recovery timeline of up to three years. Though it may not take that long, your company will want to resume normal operations as quickly as possible. A well thought out plan that covers various scenarios is essential to making that happen.
Other Ways Disasters Are Damaging
Aside from many companies falling apart due to inadequate disaster preparation, there are other ways a disaster can hurt your business. The loss of data can hurt your reputation and, in turn, damage the trust your clients place in the company. A disaster is bad enough. The last thing you want to add to your list of problems is a potential lawsuit due to a data breach because your security is down.
What To Do
The plan outlined above is just a beginning. It may seem daunting to create a disaster recovery plan, which is why it is important to have a disaster recovery expert guide you through the planning and recovery process to make sure there are no details which have been overlooked. Lack in preparation for disaster situations can result in potentially catastrophic consequences for your company.
At Integritek, we can help you with the IT side of your business continuity needs to ensure your company does not suffer from the loss of any data. Your company applications and data are all backed up automatically and are stored in redundant, secure data centers.
For more information about Integritek and our services, contact us here.