According to FEMA, almost 40 percent of small businesses never reopen following a disaster. The damages and losses to your business can be too much to recover from. Insurance won’t be able to cover everything, especially not your lost customers. A backup and disaster recovery plan will help you minimize damage and loss so that you can get back to business quickly. Our step by step recovery plan will help you make sure nothing is missed or overlooked in the midst of chaos.
Start by creating an emergency contact list
The first thing you should do is create your emergency contact list. This list should include your employees’ contact information and their responsibilities. It’s also a good idea to have the contact information of your data backup provider so you can alert them right away. Lastly, you should be able to alert your customers. Having an email or call list specifically for your customers will help you keep them updated on the situation. The quicker you are able to alert everyone of the emergency, the faster you can react to the situation.
Create an emergency supply kit
If you live in a high-risk natural disaster area, as we do in Savannah, Georgia, it’s a smart idea to keep an emergency supply kit on-site for you and your employees. You should include things like bottled water, a first aid kit, and device chargers in your kit. Installing a backup generator can also keep important machines running in the event your main source of power goes out. You never know exactly when a natural disaster will hit or how dangerous its impact will be. Be proactive with a backup and disaster recovery plan so that you and your employees will be safe.
Backup your data in a secure off-site location
Having an emergency disaster plan is just one part of the equation. You should also use a backup and disaster recovery solution to secure your data. Keeping offsite backups of your data will help you restore your vital information In the event your main location is destroyed. It’s a good idea to use multiple backup sites to further ensure your data will be safe. Testing your backups is just as important. If you don’t regularly test your backups to ensure they are working, then there’s no point in even having them. A qualified managed services provider will ensure that all of your data backups are being properly secured and tested regularly.
Update your customers and employees after the disaster
Once the disaster is over and you’re able to assess your damage, it’s important to update both your employees and customers. Your employees will need to know when they will be able to return to work, and what, if possible, they can do from home. Your customers will also need to know when you expect to be back up and running so they can continue with their business too.
Don’t let your business fall victim to a disaster. Be proactive and prepare your backup and disaster recovery plan today. Speros offers data backup and recovery options for businesses of any size. Speak to a professional today to learn more about our advanced cloud computing technology.