Take some time and initiative to plan ahead for potential disasters:
- Define and prioritize protection, whether protecting products, services, process or methodology
- Prioritize the business functions necessary to sustain your organizations core competency; determine which data, applications, and systems get restored in what sequence and timeframes.
- Familiarize yourself and your employees with recommended practices from FEMA and the Weather Office of Environment Canada
- Read, understand, and follow the Ten Steps You Can Take Today
- Prepare alternate networking routes. Plan for having your LAN (Local-Area Network) or WAN (Wide-Area Area network) unavailable to you
- Plan for alternate facilities in a safe location in the event that your facility is impossible to occupy
- Be sure your company is compliant with local codes regarding fire extinguishers, evacuation routes, and first aid capabilities
- Where possible, share you plan with employees in other locations or a third party hot site. If there is a regional outage, employees from other locations or disaster recovery sites can be a valuable resource for business continuity
- Test your plan, then test it again
Creating a scheduled time to evaluate or re-evaluate your business continuity plan will keep you a step ahead of any disaster. And, it will allow you to make the changes necessary to become comfortable that the steps you’ve taken are the best for your company, your employees, and your customers’ well-being. This can be done at the beginning of the year, quarterly, prior to hurricane season, or even during a natural down time for your organization. Decide on a time for scheduled evaluations, and stick to it.