Monday, August 29, 2011

Business Disaster Plan

Everyday I drive down Union Blvd in Allentown, I see a billboard, extolling the necessity of a business having a disaster plan in order to recover and remain fully operational.  The need for that plan has never been more apparent than it was this past weekend.

It's obvious too late to deal with Irene, but this certainly won't be the last weather-related crisis to hit the Valley and there is never a time where it is too late to plan.  The Government actually has a great resource for disaster planning: Ready.Gov/business.  The site itself contains a variety of resources that can help a business (or a family, for that matter) deal with a disaster.

Even more usefully, the site has a sample disaster plan.  Here are some of the components of the plan:

  • Contact information of key staff, alternative business location and emergency numbers.
  • A review of potential disasters that could impact the business.
  • The establishment of a formal crisis management team.
  • Other businesses/individuals with whom coordination will be required.
  • Critical operations that must continue, as well as who will be in charge of them.
  • Critical suppliers & contractors, as well as potential alternative sources.
  • An evacuation plan.
  • A shelter location.
  • A communications plan.
  • A cyber-security plan and records back-up procedures.
As you can see, a lot goes into creating a fully functional back-up plan - but, that being said, it certainly is worth the effort - as this weekend's storm proved.

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