Technologically they’re not prepared. They can’t resurrect their data, don’t have crucial customer files and so many other problems.
Beyond technology, they often don’t have “key personnel” contingency plans in place or other “non technical” but equally critical systems in place to safely recover from a disaster.
The National Incident Management Systems and Advanced Technologies (NIMSAT) Institute at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette recently released a press release advising that they have partnered with the U.S. Council of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM-USA) to launch the Big Business – Small Business Emergency Management Mentorship program to strengthen small business disaster preparedness by engaging big businesses as mentors.
Mentors or proteges register in less than five minutes at www.DisasterB2bMentor.org. This effort will help improve disaster resiliency of the registrant’s company, their supply chain, the community, as well as the nation. The Mentorship Guide, with more information, is posted on the website.
Here’s what you can do to be prepared for a disaster:
- 1. Ensure all of your corporate data is backed up. Your servers (can you fully restore your servers) and your users data files.
- 2. Ensure your telecommunication systems can be quickly rebuilt. Use a managed phone service so that you can re-establish phone service quickly, from any where and using a cell phone, computer or traditional office phone.
- 3. Train your employees in what their roles are in the event of a disaster.
- 4. Have contingency plans established with key vendors – like your bank, lawyer and etc.
- 5. Audit your business processes to know what is mission critical, what is not and what are the key impact