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What your business should do when disaster strikes

Disasters can be incredibly costly for businesses, and the devastating outcomes to your livelihood can last a lifetime. The Brisbane and South-East Queensland floods are decimating the region, with many forced out of their homes and away from their livelihoods.

Hundreds of businesses across the region have been forced to shut, and many more are being urged to evacuate. The toll on people’s lives can currently only be guessed at.

It’s vital for everyone in your company to know what to do in the event of an unexpected event like the floods. However, planning ahead will help to minimise these effects, and ensure that you’re able to continue operating once the worst has passed.

Creating a Business Continuity Plan

A Business Continuity Plan (BCP) is a document that outlines the policies, procedures, and responsibilities a business will undertake to resume operations after experiencing significant disruption.

BCPs are important for business of all sizes. They maintain productivity and reduce the stress associated with uncertainty by outlining what is needed in a disaster situation.

The BCP should include:

You should also create a list of vendors that you rely on for products or services and ensure they have contact information for your business. Whether it’s your internet provider or a food delivery service, having this contact information handy will help them find out more about what happened and when they might be able to resume service for your business.

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Disaster recovery planning

A Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) is an important part of your company’s overall risk management plan. It’s a strategy for restoring the data and operating systems to their pre-disaster state after a disruption or failure.

You may not be able to prevent a disaster from happening, but you can prepare for the aftermath. A disaster can be stressful enough without worrying about how you will recover from it. By developing a plan, you’ll know where to start and what steps to take next.

Your DRP should include:

Data backup systems

Backup and disaster recovery is essential for any business, but it’s especially important for businesses that operate online. If a natural disaster occurs near your office, it may be difficult to access your physical records.

Tips for setting up a data backup system:

Ensuring minimal business downtime

In a disaster, it is very possible that your building and equipment may be damaged or destroyed. You need to ensure that your business will suffer as little time or revenue loss as possible. To do this, you should have a back-up plan in the event of a natural disaster.

Your plan should include:

Talk to the business continuity strategists

You never know when disaster will strike, but if it does, your company needs a plan in place to get back to business as soon as possible.

A disaster recovery plan and backup system can help you minimize downtime, so your business can get back on track as soon as possible.

The IT consultants at Steadfast Solutions can help you put together a BCP or DRP customised to your business’ needs, functions, and employee’s operations. Talk to them today so you’re ready the next time disaster strikes.