Call it business continuity, emergency readiness, disaster preparedness, whatever term you'd like. Disaster planning starts with process continuity planning!
A crisis or disaster can be anything that will cause your business to stall at a minimum or crash at worst. Anything can be called a ‘crisis or disaster’. Big or small. These can be natural (e.g., floods, tornados); internet/web related (e.g., viral or malicious attacks on website/social media); monetary (e.g., embezzlement); technical (e.g., major machines break down or are damaged maliciously); or man-made (e.g., robbery).
The important thing is to be ready or your business will come to a screeching halt. It's our mission to get get you beyond thinking about preparedness and enable you to complete the actual process. We even have an easy-to-use tool to help you.
It’s not a matter of IF.
It’s a matter of WHEN.
Forty percent of businesses do not reopen after a disaster and another 25 percent fail within one year according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Similar statistics from the United States Small Business Administration indicate over 90 percent of businesses fail within two years after being struck by a disaster.
Take these free surveys; based on your results from these tools, you will see the need for preparation:
You have two teams to help you answer the questions or help you complete the tasks needed to answer the questions:
They are your partners in keeping your business going!
There IS good news …
The good news is you are calmly working on this preparedness before disaster strikes, not trying to figure it all out in the midst of a crisis.
“The key deliverables that result from a comprehensive business continuity plan are CHOICES. You get to decide what to do before a disaster instead of afterwards or worse, in the middle of one. It is a fact of life that most things are scarier when you have your back turned to them. Having knowledge gives you the power to act and allows you to be proactive, instead of reactive”
- David Kinlaw, CloudTweaks May 13, 2014
See Mary Kay Hyde-Bohn's comments in a recent article "Residents, businesses benefit from emergency plans" which ran in the Loveland Reporter-Herald after a tornado touched down in Berthoud, Colorado. (click on image for full-size article)
If these questions are making bells go off in your head, or if you've had to answer "no" to any of them, move from thinking to doing. Take a look at our workbook and cut this task into doable reasonable pieces today. See a sample chapter here.