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Will you be able to reopen after a disaster?

 “Roughly
40 to 60 percent
of small
businesses never reopen
their doors
following a disaster.

Hurricane Sandy got me thinking …. if there was another natural disaster on the Outer Banks or fire and the office was destroyed, is my business prepared enough to survive? I have our disaster kit already, but what about my business?

40 to 60 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors following a disaster. That is a very sobering statistic. I worked hard to grow my business, I don’t want to be a part of that percentage, so I wanted to make sure we had what we needed in place.

I began to think of what made up our business and how it could all be gone if a plan wasn’t put in place.

  • ALL the information and data on all of my computers (home office and work office); how could that ever be reconstructed? Would it be lost forever?
  • Is backing up to an external hard drive beside my computer enough or is there something safer?
  • Where are the passwords to the online accounts? Bank accounts? Credit card accounts?
  • Where is all the insurance information – building? Auto? Medical? For the Employees?
  • How about all the serial numbers, model numbers of all the equipment?

My mind was reeling – the thought rebuilding was overwhelming. My business & livelihood – any employees’ livelihood could disappear in a moment, never to recover.

The great news is, there are ways to prepare businesses so a disaster does not destroy it.

Here are some great links to get your started on your Business disaster plan:

http://www.ready.gov/business

http://www.preparemybusiness.org/

http://www.preparemybusiness.org/planning

http://www.ready.gov/program-management

HOWEVER, preparing for disaster isn’t just for businesses.
And it doesn’t have to be a catastrophic event. Home disasters can happen, too. Burst water pipes, fire, or lightening. How much you have on your personal home computer? When disaster strikes, you have to think about your family’s safety, not your desktop or laptop. You can prepare right now and it’s relatively cheap …. Backup your home photos, data and videos into the clouds.

Some online companies will automatically back up your personal computer system onto their servers. It’s safe and dependable. External hard drives are good, but usually, it’s sitting on top of your desktop. If one goes, they both go …. This link will help you choose which is best for your situation.

Now IS the time, before the next big storm hits.