Many Businesses Fail After A Disaster. Make Yours An Exception.

It’s sad, but true, 25% of small businesses FAIL after a natural disaster. They are simply not prepared to rebound after a disaster.

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
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  • ChrisHalcon

    It’s great to see the NIMSAT and IAEM launch this program — big business mentors will be of value for SMBs. What’s interesting is that while SMBs have traditionally been slower than enterprises to adopt new technologies like virtualization, cloud computing and mobility, those that do are seeing improved disaster preparedness whether by design or not, according Symantec’s latest SMB Disaster Preparedness Survey. For example, if we look at the case of server virtualization – 71 percent reported that their disaster preparedness improved with virtualization. One our customers here at Symantec wrote a great blog post offering up “5 Common Mistakes SMBs Make When Preparing For Disaster.” You can find the complete post here: http://bit.ly/LOREpJ.
     
    Chris Halcon
    Symantec