As we start another year, recent events over the summer including fires, storms, etc. the idea of having a business continuity plan hovers in the background. Mother nature seems to be on a rant in the past year and many communities have experienced man and nature made disasters. It is time that everyone invested in the time to dust off your business continuity plans (if you have one) and take a good look at the following if a calamity struck you place of business or non-profit:
- Do you have a call out system to staff to notify them of the issue?
- Can your staff work from home?
- Can they remotely access to your computer system so that they can continue to work?
- Do you have a backup location in your community in case you cannot work at your normal place of business?
- Do you have a system for notifying your clients/customers that you are temporarily relocated? This is important for them and for you.
- Do you have a short term solution for your business until you get back on your feet?
I would suggest that when you do refresh your plan, you involve your staff as they will have some good ideas and concerns that are best addressed before an event rather than later. Of course their first concern will be their pay cheques so keep that in mind.
And our course, do you have the same plan for yourself?