Minimize Business Interruptions: Preparing an Emergency Plan

        Six Steps to Minimize Business Interruptions


Step 6:

An emergency plan should be prepared and in place before a hazard occurs. The plan should be practiced and reviewed to insure the effectiveness of the plan. The plan should include the following elements:

     • IT and data recovery: Implement a data backup program to protect and
     recover important and sensitive information. Create a technology policy
     that assists in preventing data leaks in the case of telecommuting employees.

     • Contracts: Pre-arrange written contracts with other businesses and
     external suppliers in order to continue fulfilling commitments to customers.

     • Resources: Prepare an inventory of resources that are essential to
     regaining the ability to operate as a business.

     • Test: Run a test of the plan to ensure the plan’s success.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, 40 percent of businesses never reopen after a disaster. Implementing steps to prepare for and respond to disasters can help to reduce loss. In order to protect your business from unavoidable interruptions, it is recommended that you have a plan in place.