2015 was anything but boring for South Carolina. We were united after the tragic shooting in Charleston in June. Then there was the devastation of the floods in October, then the excitement of sending one of our top football teams to the National Championship for the first time in 35 years. Businesses have been affected, our economy is being stretched and growing in several ways, and residents are more aware than ever that our state is a really amazing place to live.
One of the things that has been brought to everyone’s attention is that none of us are in control of the disasters that could happen. Even with great infrastructure and a disaster plan, a flood can wipe out perfectly healthy, growing businesses in a matter of hours. While South Carolina will undoubtedly bounce back in 2016 better than before, business owners can’t help but question their disaster plan.
We want to focus on business continuity and disaster recovery. Business continuity refers to the planning and maintaining of critical business activities despite serious incidents or disasters. It is the idea of having prepared for something so that when it comes up, your business can stay on course through the emergency. A business continuity plan isn’t an idea you have in your head- it is a comprehensive plan that specifies how your business will protect its assets, partners, resources, and more.
A disaster recovery plan is similar. It refers to the IT infrastructure in place to persevere through a crisis. Disaster recovery is part of business continuity. As a business owner, you can’t skip these steps because your customers and employees depend on your comprehensive plan when disaster strikes. Handling incidents smoothly and effectively can not only save your business but it is a great testament to how strong and capable you are to your customers. One thing we saw after the flood last year was how many understanding citizens were praising the efforts of different industries and how they provided relief in the aftermath so quickly. That reputation will always precede those individual businesses as well as South Carolina as a whole. When the next disaster hits, do you want your business to be stumbling to stay afloat or do you want to have the kind of response that residents praise for years to come?
There are several free resources for creating a business continuity plan, but there are few ways to have a sufficient backup plan for IT Infrastructure without a group of IT professionals. Unless your business is setup to provide it’s own support, backup, and off-site disaster management, it would be best to at least meet with IT professionals for a consultation on what your next step might be.
Once you’ve established a plan for IT infrastructure and business continuity, test your plan. If there are holes, test it again. Don’t ever go too long or too many changes without updating your plan so that your business won’t ever have to take a step backward in case of an emergency situation. If you’re having trouble figuring out where to start, feel free to contact your local IT company for a consultation. Having a meeting to make sure you’re up to date on your disaster planning is not only beyond worth the time you’ll spend, but it’s at no cost to you! It is possible you’re set up and your plans are sufficient.
Don’t let a disaster kill your business. Set yourself up for a disaster- or any major change- to stretch and strengthen your business. Your preparedness and planning could be the factor that makes or breaks your business. Contact us below if you have any questions or concerns about whether you would be protected in a disaster situation. Use the contact form below or click this link to reach out for consulting on a disaster plan.