How a Disaster Recovery Plan Can Help Your Small Business Survive

On the afternoon of May 22, 2011, a tornado ripped through Joplin, MO, leaving a mile-wide path of destruction behind. The office building of SNC Squared was completely demolished.

“After the tornado, I could do a 360 degree turn and there was nothing left standing,” said CEO John Motazedi in a recent article by

Within five hours of the tornado leveling his office, all 10 SNC Squared employees were accounted for and the IT services company was back up and running. After 72 hours of coming back online, the company had all of its clients in a position to conduct business. According to Motazedi, SNC Squared was saved by the company’s 10-page disaster recovery plan and its off-site data backups.

While many business owners do not implement disaster recovery plans because they think the chance of a disaster affecting their business is small, it’s important that every business plan for the unexpected. Unfortunately, more than 25 percent of small businesses that close after a disaster do not reopen, says Barbara Goldberg, owner of Back on Track Solutions.

Motazedi and Goldberg agree that it is the small-scale disasters, rather than regional natural disasters, that will most likely affect your business. But an electrical fire, power outage, flooded office or failed hard drive with no backup can force you to send employees home and hang up your closed sign.

“The one thing I’ve always said is that if you’re not prepared you’re going to be surprised. And I’d much rather be prepared than surprised,” said Motazedi.

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