Why Every Small Company Needs a Disaster Recovery Plan

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Small company owners often don’t give enough thought to how they would respond to an unexpected natural disaster, data loss, or financial emergency, and when the unthinkable happens, they are left scrambling for a solution. Chances are that solution, however, will prove ineffective.

Here are a few sobering statistics:

  • According to the Red Cross, up to 40 percent of small businesses do not reopen after a major disasterlike a flood, tornado or earthquake.
  • According to another recent study, a business that experiences a computer outagefor more than 10 days will never fully recover financially, and 50 percent of such companies will be out of business within 5 years.
  • U.S. Bank recently reported that 82 percent of business failures are due topoor cash management. When financial emergencies arise, business operations come to a grinding halt.
  • 52 percent of small businesses reportthat it would take at least three months to recovery from a disaster, yet only 25 percent of these companies have a disaster recovery plan in place.

The saddest part about these statistics is that they could have been very different had the businesses involved simply made the effort to create a disaster recovery plan beforehand.

It doesn’t matter what industry your business is in, when an unexpected emergency occurs that brings daily operations to a halt, you need to have a plan in place to recover as quickly as possible so you can get back to serving your clients.

With a Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plan, Your Business Won’t Get Caught Off Guard

When small companies don’t have official disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity (BC) plans, it’s typically because the owners are unclear about the true value having them in place. That said, here are three reasons why disaster recovery and business continuity plans and the solutions that support them are so important to the health of your business.

  1. Everyone is on the same page.Even your most trusted employees cannot be expected to know what to in an unexpected emergency. If your employees make their own spontaneous decisions, it will only add to the confusion of the situation. By having a thought-out, well-documented disaster recovery plan in place, and training your employees how to follow it, you can help to avoid that added pandemonium.
  2. You help to protect the assets your insurance plan can’t.Unless your business has an extremely comprehensive insurance plan, chances are you will not be fully covered for some of the indirect and hard to measure costs of a disaster, such as the loss of customers, damage to your business’ reputation, or setbacks in the roll out of a new product or service. A good disaster recovery and business continuity plan can help you minimize such damage.
  3. You can contain the damage.One disaster can lead to another. For example, of your business stores a lot of confidential customer data, you want to make sure this data remains safe from loss and theft. This is particularly important when disaster strikes and there tends to be a greater sense of confusion and pressure among your employees and customers alike.

Life can throw you a curve ball when you least expect it, sending your business into sudden chaos. By having a good disaster recovery and continuity plan in place, it can prevent a whole lot of discord and grief down the road and get your company back up and running as quickly as possible. That’s not an exception; it’s just good business.

For disaster recovery and business continuity plan development training we recommend Learning Tree International’s Course 289 Disaster Recovery : Ensuring Business Continuity. #LTREROX

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