Have you ever assessed the impact on your business if your most crucial systems would not be available for days or weeks?
Even if you have taken care of backups and have data stored on several locations, it does not mean your business can function after a disaster.
Planning scenarios in Los Angeles assume that after the next big earthquake – which many experts believe has a 99% probability within the next 30 years – there will be areas of the city without power for up to 10 days, with a majority of the city around 7 days without utility services. Factor into this damage to the transportation infrastructure, so that many employees will have their mobility seriously impeded.
Can your business survive being unresponsive to customers and clients for up to 10 days? Or will this cause a substantial loss of clients in the long run, not to mention the short term effects and losses.
What if your systems are damaged and have to be replaced? You may have your data but restoring business functionality can take more than 6 weeks, if equipment can even be procured.
US Congress in a report following Hurricane Katrina stated that:
Congress finds that—
(1) 43 percent of businesses that close following a natural disaster never reopen;
(2)an additional 29 percent of businesses close down permanently within 2 years of a natural disaster;
What if a major pandemic occurs? Imagine a deadly virus spreading and causing health officials closing all places of business where people congregate to avoid infections.
Preparedness is the key to avoid or accelerate recovery times for your systems after a disaster. Each business is different so a plan should be tailored for every situation. It is not as simple as adding backup power to your key systems.
A business continuity plan has to cover all areas of an organization: Organizational measures, emergency communication, data security and technology. The businesses that have not prepared are the most likely ones to suffer a total loss and to close within 2 years.
ACSLA Inc can help to you to build a tailored Business Continuity Plan and supply and support the technology resources in a cost effective way that will help your business to minimize the impact and survive a major disaster.
Don’t wait until it happens, as it will be too late.