Severe winter weather that brings snow and ice can present a unique set of challenges to maintaining business as usual. As always, being prepared puts you one step ahead of the storm.
The snow and ice that comes with winter weather doesn’t bring with it the same risks and concerns as more turbulent weather events like hurricanes or floods. Your buildings and equipment may be perfectly safe in a winter storm. They may, however, become impossible to access. Being ready to continue business operations, whether you can get to your business or not, can mean the difference between trudging ahead and getting stuck.
Knowing who, what and where puts you in the driver seat
When it comes to winter storms it may not be just you and your employees who face mobility challenges. Discussing contingency plans with your vendors and suppliers well before the first flake falls will give you the upper hand. In preparation for a coming storm, take a few simple steps to ensure business readiness:
- Assess needs and supplies — If you were cut off from deliveries, pickups, and contact with suppliers for a few days, do you have what you need?
- Establish a roll call — Know where your employees are, who can get to work, who can’t, and how everyone may be able to provide aid to one another. Ensuring that there is two-way communication can speed up the information chain and promote faster recovery.
- Plan for remote access — If circumstances prevent you from being at work, make sure you can access vital information remotely
- Find power when there is none — In the event that your business has no power; consider remote access to an off-site venue that can provide access to information
A great step towards preparing your business for any severe weather would be to read Ten Steps You Can Take Now. Taking precautionary measures can make a huge difference when plan b becomes necessary.
Put a plan in place, and choose the right partner to help implement it
Iron Mountain has supported more than 250 recovery efforts and 25,000 disaster recovery tests. The companies that use Iron Mountain have a distinct advantage when preparing for natural events such as floods, hurricanes, or severe weather. Snow and Ice can make it difficult or impossible to get to your business, so it’s important that your business can function remotely. Planning for an alternate location may be one solution, and safely storing your vital information off-site protects you in almost any event. With information stored off-site, yet still easily accessible, you may be able to maintain business continuity. Our customers are able to leverage our extensive experience to:
- Reduce the risk that vital data will be lost
- Promote timely recovery of important data
- Prepare your employees to respond quickly when disaster hits
- Implement best practices across multiple locations
- Support compliance requirements for safeguarding sensitive data