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  • By Lauri Paxton
  • 20 Aug, 2012

FIRES, FLOODS, TORNADOES and MOTHER NATURE can bring a business to a STOP!  It’s never a good time to plan for a disaster, but businesses that are proactive have a blueprint in place that can mean the difference between a firm’s survival or failure.

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These tips help set the framework for your business disaster plan:

  • Go digital and get in the cloud.  Keep a set of backup records in a safe place.  Having a paperless or near-paperless office makes it easier to store and/or replicate information.  Storing records in multiple secure locations is crucial.  With cloud-based solutions, a business can access their information quickly utilizing laptops, mobile devices and home computers.
  • Create a photographic or video-graphic documentation of your office, especially items of higher value.  The IRS has a disaster loss workbook, Publication 584, which can help compile a room-by-room list.  Photos should be stored with a friend or family member who lives outside the area.
  • Laptops are portable without a significant trade-off in computing power.
  • Have a virtual meet-up spot for employees.  Companies need to have an on-line gathering spot to share information and begin rebuilding operations.  Consider an externally hosted bulletin board with personal e-mail addresses and cell phone numbers.
  • Automated on-line backups provide off-site back up of data.
  • People are what make a business run in the wake of a disaster.  Some employees may have lost everything.   The last thing they need to worry about is work and how they will get back to earning a living.
Be proactive and plan for the unexpected.
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