A disaster – natural or otherwise – can happen at anytime. And there’s no way to be 100% ready for every possible scenario.
For example, one of our team members was the victim of a house fire late last year. She never expected to be put in that situation, but she had prepared herself and her business for the possibility. When disaster struck, she didn’t have to worry about her business because she had procedures in place to keep it running. She was also able to lean on the network she’d built to help her personally and professionally — so she could concentrate on getting her and her family back on their feet.
A disaster can take the shape of anything from a fire to a tornado to a septic system backup. And to get through these emergencies, you need to be prepared. You need to compile the supplies, tools, and information that you need to keep your office running. Do you have a remote office location picked out? Where will you get new computers and other technology? These are answers you need to know now — before you’re in the middle of a chaotic situation. You also need to establish good relationships with vendors, suppliers, and others you may need to rely on if and when something goes wrong.
Don’t think that you’re not susceptible to a disaster just because you’re not in a hurricane or flood zone. Disasters happen everywhere and they come in a lot of different forms. And you don’t want to be caught off guard when one pops up.
Take a look at this week’s feature article to learn more about your administrative role in the disaster recovery process. You can also find a lot of great resources and information on preparing for natural disasters on our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages.
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