How to Prepare Your Business for a Disaster

By Samuel Greengard
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    1-Establish a Protocol

    Establish a Protocol

    Ensure that employees know what to do prior to a disaster. Develop a simple checklist and make sure they all have a copy.

A year ago, when Hurricane Sandy slammed into the East Coast of the United States, it reinforced the fact that disaster planning is an inherently difficult proposition. Businesses large and small were shut down for days or weeks as data centers went dark and networks failed. In addition, many organizations found that it was impossible to communicate effectively with employees, customers and business partners, while others found that they were exposed to potential data leaks and other security threats. Adam Simpson, CEO of Easy Office Phone, says that businesses need more than a basic disaster recovery (DR) strategy. They need to address the challenge on several fronts and understand how business partners and others can be affected by disasters. "Even major corporations can suffer in extreme circumstances," he points out. "During Hurricane Sandy, several backbone providers that underlie the country's entire communications infrastructure were down for extended periods of time." Here are Simpson's suggestions for the best ways to remain operational during a disaster.

This article was originally published on 2013-10-18
Samuel Greengard is a freelance writer for Baseline.
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