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Disaster-Proof Your Business In Four Quick Steps

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Business is booming at the moment and everything is going smoothly. However, the company is prone to a variety of disasters which can change the future in a matter of moments. They can be large and small and they are pretty catastrophic once they take hold. While knowing about them is the first defence, there is a problem for SMEs: a lack of resources. Big companies have the money to invest in disaster technology, whereas you have to get creative. As a result, the firm might not be prepared when a calamity hits.

Getting organised can make all of the difference, which is why these tips are top of the pops.

Go Wireless

Some basic tech can alert you to a problem as soon as possible and help you limit the damage. Fire extinguishers and alarms spring to mind. The problem with the latter is the upkeep. Because fires aren’t common, it’s easy to let the batteries die or the hardware degrade to the point it no longer works. Wireless alarms can be handy in this situation as you can connect them to the mains and avoid batteries altogether. Funnily enough, it’s possible to get rid of manual extinguishers and replace them with a sprinkler system. Whatever makes it straightforward to react is an essential piece of kit.

Consider The Probability

This isn’t to say you should think about floods if you’re in a built-up area. Anything can happen in the blink of an eye. But, the numbers suggest building a defence that can tackle the most probable outcome. For example, renting an office which isn’t in the basement or on the ground floor is a simple solution to water damage. The fact you’re above the flood should keep your business safe. Also, do the same with the insurance policy. There is no point in paying for protection against something which will never occur.

Backup Data

Hurricanes and tornadoes are the quintessential disasters. They tear through metal and lift anything in their path into the air. From a business perspective, this isn’t the most dangerous scenario. That’s reserved for a hack or data breach. Losing confidential information can open you up to lawsuits and ruin relationships with clients and suppliers. Losing funding and a significant chunk of the target audience is a disaster. Strengthening weak areas is the best option, such as wireless routers and employee email accounts. Another top tip is to backup data regularly. That way, the impacts shouldn’t be too severe.

Have A Plan

Whatever the situation, it’s essential to have a plan. Why? It’s because you can follow advice and take action immediately. Without one, you’re going to have to make decisions on the fly and that’s risky. Under duress, even the coolest of characters can’t be trusted to think rationally. Using the tips above, you can research general rules for businesses and use them in conjunction. Then, make copies available via the server or on display points around the office.

There’s no way to stop Mother Nature, but you can fight back. So, is your business ready for a battle?

 

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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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