A train derailment. A 6.8 earthquake. Flooding. Tornadoes. Ice Storms. Fire and Hurricane seasons. All are emergencies, all can happen any time.
Nature will throw a catastrophe our way any time and if you add human error to the mix there may be no warning (other than hurricanes and flooding). So with the constant threat of disasters looming (and happening!) are you fully prepared? Do you or your organization have the resources, equipment and training in place that will enable your survival and continuance? What is your organization doing to ensure that your people are safe, business can continue or your responders are fully prepared to save lives?
Having a good plan in place can make the difference between success and further disaster. Having an emergency plan means that all aspects of your business are accounted for – employees, financial records, vendors, customers – can you still sell from your parking lot? The statistics are staggering – according to Corina Mullen on www.chamber101.com; ‘Forty percent of businesses do not reopen after a disaster and another 25 percent fail within one year according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Similar statistics from the United States Small Business Administration indicate that over 90 percent of businesses fail within two years after being struck by a disaster.’ (Copyright The Mid-County Post – http://www.mcpost.com) 90 percent FAIL within two years! That is astounding. So what do you do? Prepare, yes, but given the complexity of creating a business continuity plan, one can easily become overwhelmed.
There are many resources available for developing a plan that you can find with a simple Google search. FEMA offers a great emergency preparedness information and a business continuity plan building tool: http://www.ready.gov/business/implementation/continuity. With the number of resources available, there is no reason to not have a plan, even a simple one, even for the smallest business.
Emergencies can happen any time, so you need to be prepared all the time.
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