Planning for Disaster: A Stitch in Time
Hurricanes, earthquakes and human disasters. When it comes to a crisis, it’s difficult to rule out anything and everything.
Similarly, there is no fool-proof way to ensure that your business will come out of any disaster or crisis shining and sparkling as it was before.
However, Disaster Planning is a series of measures that can help you minimize damage and more importantly: get back on your feet after the dust has settled down.
Here’s a series of measures you can take in order to get back in the swing of things immediately after disaster has struck:
1. Maintain Your Work from Home Setup:
Even when the office is flooded and the internet is down, a laptop and a phone connection is all you need in order to keep the flow going.
If nothing else, you can at least email clients and get them informed of your situation instead of losing goodwill by going AWOL all at once.
2. Make a List of Essentials:
What’s the worst that could happen? No, seriously. That’s a question you need to ask yourself.
From fire to your servers getting submerged underwater, there’s a lot that can happen.
So, make a list, buy cloud storage, make sure all your eggs are never in one basket and we promise you’ll be sleeping a lot easier knowing you can keep on going even with a flat tire.
3. Delegate Tasks:
You might be a one-man army but your business should never be dependent on just one person. From accidents to being stranded, you can find yourself in a situation where you are unable to access an important task at hand.
Hence, make sure you have a team of people you can trust who are in the loop about crucial details and you can count on them to save the day when you’re in distress.
4. Align Your Carrier Pigeons:
Just WhatsApp isn’t enough. Remember that time when WhatsApp went down and the whole world went into a communication meltdown? Always make sure to communicate on different levels.
Also make sure that if your team is communicating on a business email ID, have a backup email to communicate in case your server breaks down. Because fixing that can take from hours to days and cost you a lot of business you can’t afford to lose.
5. Find an Office Alternative:
Internet cafes might not be a thing anymore but cafes with free internet are thriving. A lot of entrepreneurs are starting off these days by working and holding meetings from cafes.
And if it works for them, it can surely work for you in a crisis as well.
6. Ensure Your Safety:
No matter what measures you take for disaster planning, make sure that you and your team are in a safe location no matter what. Remember, if you’re out of the running, the business won’t run itself.
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