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Plan ahead for business interruptions

How quickly could your company rebound from an emergency?

Disaster recovery and business continuity planning are processes that help organizations prepare for disruptive events. These could include computer crashes, natural disasters, supply chain problems, severe weather or simply a power outage caused by a backhoe in the parking lot. Good business continuity plans will keep your company up and running through interruptions of any kind.

When disaster strikes, having a plan and being able to put it into immediate action can mean the difference between staying open to service the needs of your customers and community or shutting down for a few days. Plans need to encompass how employees will communicate, where they will go and how they will keep doing their jobs. The details can vary greatly, depending on the size and scope of your company and the way it does business.

For some companies, power outages are most crucial, which may be the focus of their plan. For others it could be data recovery, which can be as easy as taking home portable drives for a low-cost way to do offsite backup.

Following a significant disaster, 40 percent of businesses do not reopen and another 25 percent fail within one year, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Similar statistics from the Small Business Administration indicate that more than 90 percent of businesses fail within two years after being struck by a disaster. Having a plan can ensure that you’re back in business quickly and able to provide products and services to your community.

Don’t wait until a problem happens. Be proactive and start to research options of how you would be able to get back up and running as quickly as possible. Here is a great link to get you started: http://www.preparemybusiness.org/planning. There also are a few videos on RASI SAFETYTV about this topic.

WRA employs Rick Means as a Safety Specialist who is available to members to help draw up safety plans and suggest topics for safety meetings. Contact him at 360-943-9198, Ext. 18 or rick.means@retailassociationservices.com

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